ARTICLES BY Alex Roslin and Will Nicholls

Smiles all around at signing ceremony

Love is in the air. Cree leaders were in a joking mood at a press conference held jointly with NaturalResources Minister Guy Chevrette in Montreal to sign the famous $15-million “MOU” deal. Everyone was feeling very upbeat, laughing it up and trying to make funny comments. The journalists’probing questions did little ... read more ››

Waskaganish Takes Aim at the CRA

The debate over reorganizing the Cree Regional Authority has taken a new turn. The Waskaganish First Nation has sent a letter to the CRA asking to take over a wide range of services. In the letter, the band says the CRA hasn’t provided adequate services to Waskaganish, according to those who ... read more ››

From My Point of View: In Conversation With Judge Réjean Paul

The Cree Naskapi Commission just released its 1996 Report. The Honourable Justice Réjean Paul, who is Chair of the Commission, gave The Nation a chance to look into this year’s recommendations. Some were expected and others were as surprising as this man turned out to be. He talks candidly about ... read more ››

Students Protest Move To New Building

For weeks the post-secondary students in Montreal have been fighting to save the present location of the Montreal Cree School Board office. The Cree entities based in the city have all been asked to move into a new building purchased by the Crees in Old Montreal. All agree that the Lamborghini Building ... read more ››

A BIG STEP – Youth head up healing gathering

Tina Petawabano was the Coordinator for a Cree Nation Gathering for Healing, held in Mistissini in August. We interviewed Petawabano in a teepee on the second last day of the Gathering at Mistissini’s culture camp. The camp has grown from past years and is a must-see for anyone visiting this ... read more ››

Putting the Cree back into the C.S.B. – An Interview with C.S.B. Chairman Luke MacLeod

Elections for the Chairman of the Cree School Board will be taking place in September. So The Nation decided it was time to put the present Chairman on the hot seat of public scrutiny and tell all. This is what we got when we met with him at the CSB’s ... read more ››

Abitibi league rejects Cree hockey team

For a second year in a row, Crees have been barred from sending a Cree Nation team to play in the Midget AA Hockey League of Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Crees went all out this year to get into the league, hiring a director of hockey development and offering to pay travel expenses ... read more ››

The Forgotten Crees of Mistissini

Twenty years after the James Bay Agreement was signed, a key issue has never been resolved—the fate of nine Mistissini Cree traplines that fall outside the category-three boundaries defined in the Agreement. For two decades, trappers here haven’t had the same rights as other Crees, and have endured harassment from Quebec ... read more ››