ARTICLES BY Claire MacKinnon

Protecting Mother Earth: The 6th Annual Environmental Symposium organized by UQAT is a success

It was a meeting of minds as over 280 people gathered at the 6th annual UQAT First Nations Symposium to talk about the environment May 28. Hosted by the Universite du Quebec en Abitibi-Temiscamingue (UQAT), the Val-d’Or conference brought together representatives from the Cree, Algonquin, Innu, Mohawk, Atikamekw and Quebecois communities, ... read more ››

Majority aboriginal ownership for First Nations Bank

First Nations Bank of Canada is now the first Canadian bank to be majority Aboriginal-owned, with aboriginal shareholders holding 91 per cent of the bank – with 19.7 per cent owned by the Cree Regional Authority Board of Compensation and the James Bay Eeyou Corporation. Founded in 1996, First Nations Bank ... read more ››

O-J Chief Wapachee sworn in during emotional ceremony

Former Chief Sam Bosum passed the reigns of leadership to Ouje-Bougoumou’s first female Chief, Louise Wapachee, in a special inauguration ceremony held November 20. Grand Chief Matthew Mukash acted as official witness for the proceedings, which were officiated by Pastor Enoch Hall. Mistissini council advisor Henry Mianscum was the guest speaker of ... read more ››

A Healing Journey – Montreal Conference Tackles Social Ills

For Kim Diabo, “It’s never too late to start the healing journey.” Diabo, from Kahnawake, was one of the organizers of the fifth annual Aboriginal Wellness Gathering held in downtown Montreal May 11-13. But sometimes the healing can be painful in itself: “Tears are medicine,” explained Diabo, who is also ... read more ››

Caisse Desjardins Banks on Closer Ties with Crees

The Federation des Caisses Desjardins pledges increased service for the Cree throughout Eeyou Istchee. Through increased consultation with band councils, the federation wants to create programs and services that will contribute to the economic development of the Cree Nation, said Caisse spokesman Yves Poirier. “I am ready to listen to the ... read more ››