Well, it doesn’t seem so long ago I said I was taking a break from writing. Due to phone calls and people talking to me it looks like I’ll be writing again in addition to my new duties. I’d like to thank all of you who took the time to talk me about my writing and how you felt about it and the Nation. I appreciate comments, suggestions, ideas and just about any form of input… even criticisms believe it or not. Everything goes into trying to deliver a news magazine that reflects the Cree Nation. It’s nice to know we’re doing a good job and to find out where we need to improve or add something that you the reader wants.

Don’t be afraid to contact us, we’re very open here at the Nation. In future issues you may find some changes. For instance, Neil has agreed to do a sports section. It’ll be one or two pages long. I’ve sent faxes to all the recreation directors asking them to submit scores so we include them in the Nation. I’ve asked even for the little league scores. So if you don’t see your community’s scores in the paper I’d like you to give us a hand if possible. Just go and talk to the people keeping score and ask them to fax it us or even do it yourself. We’ll thank you for it. If you have suggestions for a profile on some person that- involved in sports whether it’s a volunteer, coach, player, fan or a participant that you think should be acknowledged/profiled, please give us a call at 514-272-3077 and ask for me or Neil.

Along with sales, that’s one of the things I’m currently working on these days.

I’m not the only one who’s doing more these days. Along the coast people must have noticed Ernie and Neil filming. Yep, that’s right, we’ve expanded into the film and television arena. Ernie and Neil were shooting “Cree Spoken Here,” a film about the Cree language and such. I’ll leave it to them to promote when they’ve finished it.

Well, I’ve gone on so long that this editorial space is nearly filled up. I almost didn’t get a chance to congratulate the boys working on the Cree forestry issue. The Home Depot news certainly looks good. I hope everyone will make the Home Depot people feel good when they come up to Eeyou Istchee. They’ve agreed to come up and experience some Cree hospitality this summer. When we get the dates we’ll let you know. Of course Quebec’s response was what we expected. Quebec has allocated more clear-cutting and plans to have companies cut to the maximum or they’ll give it to someone who will. However, Premier Lucian Bouchard will meet with Grand Chief Ted Moses on June 22nd. It wasn’t a result of the Home Depot trip says the premier’s office. On June 7th, the Grand Council/Cree Regional Board meeting saw Cree leadership pass a resolution to take the forestry court case all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court if they have to. Perhaps the meeting with the Premier will see a change in the forestry situation. Perhaps trappers will not have to deal with the clear-cut-devastation that they’ve had to put up with. Perhaps pigs will fly someday too! Hey, I’m not just being sarcastic. The genetic manipulation techniques are getting stranger and stranger. Now if only we could find the gene that makes mutual respect between two peoples possible then the world would be a better place….