The Nation has been nominated for eight awards by the Quebec Community Newspaper Association. The winners will be announced at the QCNA spring convention held in picturesque Hotel Mont Gabriel May 28 and 29. The QCNA has 32 member papers.

A new entry for the awards is columnist Xavier Kataquapit. Sally Matthew’s story on place names also garnered a nomination. Congratulations and good luck to all.

Best Community Newspaper Promotion: The Nation Elders’ calendar.

Best In-House Ad: The Nation, “Smoking Mom Don’t Smoke Ad (featuring Agnes Cheezo-Shecapio).”

Best News Story: Alex Roslin, “Big bonuses for Beaudoin’s beau,” with a sidebar on the mysterious past of François Doriot.

Best Feature Story: Sally Matthew, Place names in Cree land.

Best Investigative/In-depth Reporting: Alex Roslin, Series on the ice storm and Hydro-Quebec’s faulty maintenance and inspection policies.

Best Arts and Entertainment Story: Neil Diamond and Katerina Cizek, Chisasibi Kung Fu Show.

Best Column: Xavier Kataquapit, “Under the Northern Sky.”

Best Photo Essay: Ernest Webb, In the bush at Elijah Cox’s trapline.