ARTICLES BY Daniel Coyle

Cree football team participates in 6 Nations Challenge

“Believe and achieve is our motto this year.” This is the message that Chisasibi’s Trevor Monaghan delivered loud and clear to the players and supporters of the James Bay Eagles 6-A-Side football program. For the fourth consecutive year, the Eagles represented Quebec at the recent 6 Nations Challenge in Brandon, Manitoba. The ... read more ››

Cree hockey players to watch for this season

It may still feel like summer outside, but don’t let that fool you. With junior hockey and Midget AAA training camps opening across the country in mid-August, hockey season is upon us once again. Cree hockey is well represented this season at all levels, from minor hockey to the pros, and ... read more ››

Cree goaltending hopefuls attend hockey camp run by Winnipeg Jets goaltending coach

During the week of July 8, Waskaganish played host to the community’s first hockey camp of the summer. Organized by Waskaganish Recreation Director Charles J. Hester and run by Barrett Leganchuk, scouting coordinator and assistant video coach for the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, the Pro-North Goaltending Camp brought together aspiring young ... read more ››

Cree Hockey News & Notes

Jonathan Cheechoo returns to the pro ranks Moose Factory’s Jonathan Cheechoo has returned to the ice as a member of the American Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Barons, the farm team for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. Cheechoo, who scored 56 goals in 2005-2006 to win the Rocket Richard Trophy, joined the Barons ... read more ››

Record breaker

The 32nd Annual Cree Senior Hockey and Broomball Tournament took place in Val-d’Or, Senneterre and Barraute December 6-9, and this year it was a record breaker. An all-time high of 83 teams took part, competing in five hockey categories and two broomball categories for prize money totalling over $100,000. In the ... read more ››

Cree Hockey News & Notes

Senior Hockey & Broomball The 32nd Annual Cree Senior Hockey & Broomball Tournament kicks off on Thursday, December 6, at the Air Creebec Centre in Val-d’Or. One of the premier events on the Cree calendar, this year’s tourney will feature action in seven categories, including Men’s Class A Open Hockey, Class ... read more ››

School and sports

Across Quebec each school year, thousands of student-athletes, including a number of gifted Aboriginals, take part in the Sport-Études program run by the Quebec Ministry of Education and various sports leagues and associations across the province. No such program has ever been offered in Eeyou Istchee – until now. With the start ... read more ››

Comanche Boy

On the heels of the knockout victory that earned him the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) Continental America’s middleweight title belt, George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah has taken the next step as a pro boxer by signing an exclusive promotional contract with Star Boxing of New York City, a boxing management company ... read more ››

One Step Closer to Olympic Gold

“I’m praying for a wild card,” Mary Spencer said recently in an interview with the Toronto Star after being eliminated from the Olympic qualifying boxing tourney. “The only thing better than winning Olympic gold would be winning gold after qualifying via wild card.” And that is exactly the position that Spencer, ... read more ››

Hit the Ice:

On July 22, production started in Aylmer, Ontario on a new reality television series focused on the development of young Aboriginal hockey players from across the country. “Hit the Ice”, which will air on APTN starting in January 2013, features young Aboriginal hockey hopefuls as they are put through the paces ... read more ››

Hut one, hut two

Six-a-side football is returning to Eeyou Istchee with the start of the inaugural season of the James Bay Abitibi Football League (JBAFL). The brainchild of James Bay Eagles coach Trevor Allen Monaghan, the JBAFL will be comprised of 20 teams spanning six divisions. The founding of the JBAFL and growth ... read more ››

NHL stars

  February 10, 2012, is a date that will likely be celebrated annually by Los Angeles Kings forwards Dwight King and Jordan Nolan. It was on this date that King and Nolan were called up from the minor league AHL Manchester Monarchs to join the LA Kings on their drive towards ... read more ››

2012 Golf Tourney Season

  The list of summer golf tournaments continues to grow. The following list of Cree-related golf tournaments, taking place across Quebec in the coming weeks and months, builds on the information already published. Of particular note is the addition of several key tourneys to the schedule, including the Cree Nation Achievement Awards Foundation ... read more ››

Golden team

  The First Nations hockey season came to a conclusion on the ice in Saskatoon as the 2012 National Aboriginal Hockey Championship (NAHC) winners were crowned. And this year, it was the Eastern Door & North (ED&N) women’s squad that brought home the hardware, as the girls rebounded from a rough ... read more ››

2012 Golf Tourney Season

Now that spring is here, hockey season is over and geese are in the air, it is time to polish up the clubs and ptrepare for another great season of golf. The following list provides information on a number of Cree-related golf tournaments taking place across Quebec in the coming ... read more ››

Finding the best

Selection camp for the Eastern Door & North (ED&N) teams that will participate in the 2012 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) was held March 24-25 at the Kahnawake Sports Complex, just outside Montreal. On hand were 50 young men and 26 young women vying for 18 spots on the men’s ... read more ››

Cree Hockey News & Notes

NAHC Tryouts With the 2012 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) fast approaching, tryouts have now been scheduled for the teams that will go to Saskatoon representing Eastern Door and North (EDN). Team organizers are seeking male players born in 1994 or 1995, and female players born in 1992 or 1993 to ... read more ››

Cree Hockey News & Notes

James Bay Beavers Pee Wee CC The James Bay Beavers Pee Wee CC concluded their road trip to Quebec City with a run to the quarterfinals of the 37th edition of the International Pee Wee BSR tournament. The Beavers defeated a Swiss team and two teams from France before falling 3-0 ... read more ››

Aboriginal hockey

Think for a moment about December, when Quebec’s Cree gather in Val d’Or for a hockey tournament that represents the Cree Nation’s largest gathering of the year. Now imagine a hockey tournament that not only brings together Quebec’s Cree, but thousands of members of First Nations from across Canada. Now imagine hockey ... read more ››

Cree Hockey News & Notes

James Bay Beavers The James Bay Beavers Pee-Wee CC participated in two tournaments in Quebec City during the month of February. At the 53rd Edition of the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament, the Beavers struggled in early round games, as they were defeated 3-1 by the Montmorency Armada in their first ... read more ››

James Bay Eagles honour their best from 2011

The James Bay Eagles 6-A-Side football club recently held their off-season banquet dinner in Chisasibi. In addition to team players and coaches, representatives of Football Quebec were on hand for the special evening, which included the presentation of awards to Eagle players that demonstrated marked improvement, dedication and overall excellence ... read more ››

Hockey hero

As the NHL season enters the homestretch, the Nashville Predators hold a familiar place in the Western Conference standings, destined to again make the NHL playoffs and take a run at the club’s first Stanley Cup Championship. A major contributor to the Predators’ success this season is Jordin Tootoo. The 29-year-old ... read more ››

More than a coach

You wouldn’t know it by looking at the standings, but the Cree Nation Bears Midget AA hockey team has had a lot of positives come from the current season, during which they have accumulated a record of 3-23-2. Yes, that record is good enough for last place in the Norbord Midget ... read more ››

Cree Hockey News & Notes

Mistissini Senior Hockey & Broomball Tournament The 25th edition of Mistissini’s Senior Hockey & Broomball Tournament took place January 12-15. A total of 18 hockey teams and eight broomball teams participated in the event. After winning their respective pools and semi-final match-ups it was the Wemindji Ice Stars and the Waswanipi Eagles ... read more ››


  “Once upon a time, among the Arapaho, there was a group of highly respected young men who served as messengers. In the Arapaho language, we referred to them as ‘those that fly.’ They wore special moccasins. When they ran, it appeared that their feet did not touch the earth. – Arapaho ... read more ››

What the UN can and can’t do to help Canada’s First Nations

Recent appeals to the United Nations to get involved with First Nations issues have made headlines across Canada. Most widely discussed is the ongoing housing crisis in communities like Attawapiskat and the disappearance and killings of hundreds of Aborig   Recent appeals to the United Nations to get involved with First Nations ... read more ››