In this issue of the pulse the nation interviewed people in Eeyou Istchee to see if they have any jokes for April fools day.
Jane Swallow of Chisasibi: My son George played a joke on his wife and his mother-in-law. He told them that I was expecting another child, probably my last one. So his mother-in-law overheard what he said and she told him, “There’s so many of you already. You’ll be nine altogether now.” She was very surprised and that’s when he told them he was just joking, an April Fools Day joke. I told him that he shouldn’t have said that.
Waskaganish’s Kathleen Fireman: One time here at the Winnabeku school, the principal decided to play an April Fools Day joke on the students. He spoke through the intercom to announce someone broke into the school and got away with large amounts of money and ordered all students to measure their shoes or boots with the right side of their shoes. My son Clayton took it very seriously, he was measuring his shoes. After some time the principal told the kids they knew who did the breaking and entering and it was Mr. April Fools. Clayton took it too seriously and was shaken up a bit.
Chisasibite Allan Neacappo: My sister’s birthday falls on April the first. So what one of my brothers and I did was to invite her to come over because we just made a birthday cake for her. What we did was used a bowl about I inch deep and covered it all with icing and wrote Happy Birthday on the cake along with some candles. When she finally arrived and tried to cut her cake, she couldn’t cut through metal. That’s when she found out it was an April Fools Day joke.
Gordon Sandy from chilly Whapmagoostui: I just want to tell you what happened to me at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Albert Diamond gave me a ticket to watch the Canada and US hockey game. I was wearing a USA shirt. I was about the only one that was shouting, cheering. There were about 20,000 people in the Bell Centre. This lady called the security and I was escorted to another seat behind where the camera people are. That was funny for me because nobody knew me. They knew my US shirt so in a way I got attention. It was like a joke and it really made my day. I felt good about it.
Eastmain’s Tina Moody: Every day my students and I listen to music, sounds of the ocean, chirping birds. But one day, I put on a new CD with water trickling and birds singing and my students were quietly doing their assigned work. Then all of a sudden the students scrambled to the window yelling NISK! NISK! And frantically looking for the geese they heard. When they heard geese calling I began to laugh, I said, “Guys, it’s not outside. It’s on the new CD.” The students began to laugh and scrambled back to their desks.
Janie Shanoush of Eastmain: In Moose Factory a while back, they had built a new complex with shops and offices. A father who doesn’t speak English asks his family, “What do I tell the taxi driver if I want to go to the new store?” His wife answers (she doesn’t speak English either), “Every morning before the kids go to school you tell them, eat your complex (cornflakes) and that’s exactly what you tell the taxi driver.”