ARTICLES BY Anonymous Contributor

Katherine Ottereyes: Waswanipi has lost one of their own

Katherine Ottereyes July 25th 1946 – March 20th 2007 The sun was warm and bright on that spring morning when a loud noise directed my attention to a chickadee that had unfortunately flew directly into our kitchen window and now lay down on the balcony. I picked up the little being in ... read more ››

Within our Cree World

The following was written by a Cree Economic Development Officer: These days when I watch even cartoons with my children there is something to do with develop and sustainability. It’s everywhere folks. They say that it has been defined that sustainable development, is development that meets the needs of the present ... read more ››

Memories of the Past

The year was in the 1970’s and the village expanded from what was a small intimate group to a larger diameter, giving room for growth to young people. The young children who survived the transition from a purely Native to a modern non-Native culture now lived and raised their young in ... read more ››

What is the New Economy? A Youth Perspective

I am a 24-year-old youth who loves talking economic development in Eeyou/Eenou Estchee, as a beneficiary of the Cree lands of our Eeyou/Eenou Estchee. What does the new economy mean to us, the Crees of Quebec? Well, here is one point of view I think we should pay close attention to. ... read more ››

Choice and Change An Economic Development Officer’s Perspective

We are faced with scarcity within our Cree Nation because of our resources, which we love so much. But it’s a scarcity in which the people of Eeyou Istchee are forced to make choices. When we cannot have everything we want, we must choose among the available alternatives. Because scarcity forces ... read more ››

Traditional Knowledge

Another example of what is good for the economy is the destruction of the environment and nonrenewable resources generates money in terms of jobs for workers tearing up what cannot be replaced. There is a recent move to replace the GDP with the Genuine Progress Indicator, which would not only ... read more ››

Spirit of Community

It was something I looked forward to all week, the Mistissini traditional gathering. Somehow I had never made it to a traditional gathering back home. But I remember the Nipmuc tribal gathering in Massachusetts back in 1991 during the summer solcitice. It was an interesting time since I had never been ... read more ››

Poaching and overkill

First I would like to commend you all on your valiant efforts in keeping your magazine on the stands (despite all of the nasty publicity its been getting – not that I’ve listened to any of them, or believed any of it or heaven forbid participate in the talks). Keep ... read more ››

People of the woods

On a hunting trip, paddling along in a canoe on an endless lake with my father and one of my sons, when suddenly a powerful ray of the setting sun burst through the thick clouds and temporarily shone a bright light on our canoe. From there on, slowly but determined ... read more ››

Feedback to the Entrepreneurial Series

I’ve always wanted to get into business for myself, but really didn’t know how to get started. Then one day I decided to take what I thought was the first step. I went to see the band council lawyer to find out how to open a business. He told me I ... read more ››

The Good Book

In the beginning, when I was very young, it came to pass that a friend handed me a book saying itwas “Good.” I opened it, years later, one quiet evening when nothing was penciled in on my socialcalendar and I had long polished off my brothers’ and sisters’ collections of, ... read more ››

Whatever Happened To Good Manners?

Good manners, while we had them, made life easier. No one knows exactly when good manners were killed off, but for sure they are gone from our society never to return again… This is really sad when you really think about it. Let me tell you a little story which I feel ... read more ››

Native women break the silence

This is a brief summary of a conference on violence we attended in Montreal hosted by the Quebec Native Women’s Association on Nov. 15 to 17,1995. The theme of the gathering was “This is Dawn,” and the issues discussed were not new but have been passed down from generation to ... read more ››

Freedom to Choose

Recently The Nation published numerous writings about Cree values, Native religions and spiritual values. Several people have been interviewed, given opinions or demonstrated their beliefs in the revival of new religions foreign or Native. Historically the Crees, as everyone is aware, primarily adopted the Anglican or Catholic faiths as the first ... read more ››

A Story of My Youth

“My dear young one,” he said, “I’m going to tell you a story of my youth. Listen carefully and I’ll tell you about the many hardships we had to go through… I remember my grandfather. He was a wise and great hunter. He was also a proud and kind man, ... read more ››

Wemindji dissidents write

The following anonymous letter was sent to The Nation from Wemindji: Chief Walter Hughboy calls for a General Meeting with his people in Wemindji on August 5, 1994 after numerous demands made by the people to address issues pertaining to irregularities at the Council level. But instead of Chief Hughboy addressing these ... read more ››