Running dry

Written by Jesse Staniforth  Research by Eleanor Cowan The last of six COMEX Review Committee meetings to discuss the impact of the Eastmain-1A Powerhouse and Rupert Diversion Project touched down in Waskaganish November 22, after previously visiting the five other communities most affected by those developments. COMEX is a process for consulting ... read more ››

Youth Council Resolutions

  The following are some abbreviated resolutions from the CNYC’s AGA: The position of a board member on the Cree Native Youth Council representing the Crees of Senneterre is invalidated and they will not have one until they are interested in having one. The CNYC is still waiting to hear from the Grand ... read more ››

AGA Waskaganish 2012 Resolutions

DRAFT RESOLUTION Subject: Fighting Diabetes WHEREAS community members of Waskaganish and representatives of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay have brought to the attention of the members of the 2012 Annual General Assembly of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) / Cree Regional Authority the ... read more ››

Children Needing Homes

A long-term foster home is being sought for siblings Nancy, four years old, and her infant brother Seth. Nancy is very active, imaginative and loves to play. She can be quite affectionate, eager to please and loves to be around people. She is in good health and has a good ... read more ››

Letter to the Nation

Dear Mr. Nichols: I have forwarded letters to be printed in the Nation on a couple of occasions. Consistently, my letters have been printed with grammatical errors even though I ensure that they are correctly written prior to sending them out. The letter I sent in response to Daniel David’s editorial ... read more ››

More northern treasures

Here are two more mining companies that are operating in Eeyou Istchee Stornoway Diamond Corp. Vancouver, BC-based Stornoway Diamond Corp. is set to open Quebec’s first diamond mine with its flagship project, the Renard development. The firm recently concluded an agreement with Scotiabank to inject $15 million to kick-start the project, and ... read more ››

Planning your career

In recent times, we have heard about the Plan Nord and about the opportunities it will bring to the Cree communities. This could include jobs in the health, mining or human resources sector, to name a few. Many people are thinking about whether there is a career opportunity for them. ... read more ››

Losing my BFF to suicide

My best friend wasn’t just my BFF; she was my family by blood, my favourite cousin. We were close, close enough to tell secrets. Lea was the type of girl who loved to have fun without worrying about what other people thought of her. She loved to take long walks with ... read more ››

ᑳ ᐱᔥᐱᓈᐙᒋᐦᐅᔮᓐ

  ᐦᐋᕇ ᓯᐱᔫ ᐋ ᒌ ᑎᐹᒋᒧᑦ ᐱᕌᔨᓐ ᐌᑉ ᐊ ᒌ ᐃᑣᔥᑎᒫᑎᐦᒃ ᑭᔮ ᐋ ᒌ ᒥᓯᓂᐦᐊᐦᒃ ᐹᔨᒀᐤ ᑮᑆ ᓂᒌ ᐱᔥᐱᓈᐙᒋᐦᐄᑯᓐ ᑭᔮ ᓃᔨ ᐅᑖ ᐐᓂᐹᑯᐦᒡ ᐅᑖ᙮ ᓂᒌ ᑣᔑᓐ, ᓂᒌ ᐱᑭᔥᑎᐙᐱᔨᓐ ᐊᓂᑖ ᑖᔅᑯᒻ ᐊᓂᑖ ᑳ ᐱᑭᔥᑎᐙᐱᔨᔮᓐ ᐋ ᑎᒀᒋᐦᒡ᙮ ᐋ ᔒᐹᐙᔮᒡ ᐊᓂᑖ ᒥᓂᔥᑎᒄ, ᐋ ᔒᐹᐙᔮᒡ, ᒀᐦᑎᒃ ᐙᔥ ᐊᓐ ᐋᐦᒋᒄ ᐅᔥᑭᒡ ᐋ ᐊᑎ ᒥᔥᑯᐎᑎᐦᒡ ᐊᓂᑖ ᐋ ᓂᐲᐅᒡ ᐊᓂᑖ ᐋ ... read more ››

Dangerous Ice

Told by Harry Scipio Translated and transcribed by Brian Webb   One time, I experienced a frightening event out on the bay. I fell through the ice. This happened during the fall way out in the bay.   The ice began to form and there was still some open water in the channels between islands. ... read more ››

Oujé-Bougoumou students honour veterans

  The Remembrance Day commemorations went well. Cynthia and I (Tom) on the intercom, asked the students in their classes to stand and observe the two-minute silence. Afterwards we read “In Flanders Field”, then invited the classes to go into the halls and erect the Hallway of Heroes (which remained up ... read more ››

2011 Grand Council/ Cree Regional Authority Resolutions (drafts

Resolution Subject: 2012 Annual General Assembly Whereas the location of the 38th meeting of the Grand Council of the Crees and the 35th meeting of the Cree Regional Authority Annual General Assembly must be determined by the members of the 2012 Annual General Assembly of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou ... read more ››

There’s more than gold in thar hills

The Plan Nord is off and running as far as the mining industry is concerned. New roads are slated to open up Eeyou Istchee like a can of sweet peaches. Everyone is looking to get a share of the potential windfalls the roads will bring. The mining companies near those ... read more ››

A golden opportunity

The future is looking as bright as gold for the Cree Nation of Wemindji. On February 21, Wemindji, along with the Grand Council of the Crees and the Cree Regional Authority, signed an agreement with Goldcorp to expand the Éléonore Gold Project. The expansion will result in the creation of ... read more ››

Foster homes sought

Over 600 children live with over 300 foster families. At any given time there are additional children needing homes. We need foster parents for children of all ages, for short-term, long-term or weekend care. Foster parent applications from people of all backgrounds and communities are welcome. We offer services to boys ... read more ››

Golf Tournaments 2011

Cree Indian Centre of Chibougamau May 26, Club de Golf Chibougamau-Chapais, contact: Jo-Ann Toulouse, 418-748-7667 ext 230 Secretariat aux Alliances Economiques June 8, Golf Noranda, Rouyn-Noranda, contact: Sylvie Gaudet, Cree Nation of Wemindji June 11, Belvedere Golf Club, Val-d’Or, contact: Allan Oblin, 819-978-3818 Quebec Native Women’s Fifth Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament June 17, Caughnawaga Golf Club, ... read more ››

Police on trail of pedophile who once lived in Eeyou Istchee

Police in Lévis, Quebec, are appealing to the general population for information about possible sex crimes against children that may have been committed by Yvon Beaudet, a former health-care worker who has lived in several First Nations communities in Quebec, including Eeyou Istchee. The 63-year-old man is currently facing charges involving ... read more ››

ᒋᔖᔮᒄ ᑳ ᐅᑎᓈᑦ ᓈᐹᔥᐦ

ᒍᓯᕝ ᑯᐙᓂᔥ ᐋ ᒌ ᐋᑎᔫᐦᒑᑦ ᑳᐙᐙᒋᑲᒫᒡ ᐱᕌᔨᓐ ᐌᑉ ᑳ ᐃᑣᔥᑎᒫᑎᐦ ᐋᑎᔫᐦᑳᓐ ᑮᑆ ᐋ ᐃᐦᑎᑯᐦᒡ᙮ ᐊᐃ ᓂᑭ ᑎᐹᒋᒫᐤ, ᒋᔖᔮᒄ᙮ ᐋᐅᒄ ᐊᓐ ᑳ ᒌ ᑎᐹᒋᒫᑦ ᒍᐦᑯᒥᓂᐤ, ᐋ ᐐᒋᒫᔨᒡᐦ ᐊᐙᔑᔥᐦ᙮ ᒀᑖᑎᔫᐦᑳᓂᐎᒡ ᔨᐤ᙮ ᐃᑖᔨᐦᑎᒽ ᒋᔖᔮᒄ, ᐙᔖ ᒨᔥ ᓂᐹᔨᑯᔑᓈᐙ, ᐃᑖᔨᐦᑎᒽ ᐃᑖᐤ᙮ ᐊᑐᒡ ᑳᑭᔮ ᓂᑭ ᒌ ᐃᐦᑐᑖᓐ ᒑ ᒌ ᓈᓂᑐᐙᐱᒥᒃ ᐄᔨᔨᐤ ᐊᐙᔑᔥ ᒑ ᒌ ᑭᓄᐙᔨᒥᒃ, ᐃᑖᔨᐦᑎᒽ ᐃᑖᐤ᙮ ᐊᒄ ... read more ››

Dakota House sets community on fire

Dakota House recently visited Nemaska Cree Nation in northern Quebec during the opening of Luke Mettaweskum School’s new building addition. The event was filled with numerous artists, such as actor Nathaniel Arcand, who teamed up with House and held a workshop on the film and television industry. The evening celebration ... read more ››

Draft 2010 AGA Resolutions

These are working drafts of the resolutions passed at the 2010 AGA. Final copies can be requested from the Grand Council of the Crees. Grand Council of the Cree 
(Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Regional Authority Annual General Assembly RESOLUTION 2010-07 Subject: Concerning the Request for Adequate Financial and Human Resources to Address the Issue of Bootlegging ... read more ››

And the speeches are…

Welcome everybody here in this room. My name is Ryan Erless. I am 31 years old. I am from Waskaganish. I am married to Rachel Longchap and we recently had our first child. This evening, I am going to give you examples how to find hope and hope that I can ... read more ››

Grand Chief Coon Come's Statement

Wachiya. I am Matthew Coon Come. I am the Grand Chief of the James Bay Cree Nation in Eeyou Istchee. I am here today to make a personal statement, not as a political leader but rather as an Indigenous human being. Our parents tell us about the day when the plane ... read more ››

Inspiration from a Holy Land

A delegation of 36 people from Northern Quebec boarded an Air France flight last November 20 for a historic educational tour of Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, and a bonus visit to Paris on the returning flight home. The trip was organized by Reverend Enoch Hall, who is the minister ... read more ››

Respect, sharing, forgiveness and love

The building blocks of a strong family There were several criteria that judges used to decide that Marie-Claude Simon should be named Miss Traditional Pow Wow 2009 in Mistissini’s annual event, held in the community’s recreational complex last August. Among them were her fundraising efforts, traditional costume and singing performance – ... read more ››

In the beginning

Cree as told by John Petagumskum of Whapmagoostui English legend is based on the original version as told by John Petagumskum of Whapmagoostui Translated by Brian Webb Illustrated by Peter Pelchat This is the story from when the earth was young. It wasn’t like today’s world. Monsters, giants, cannibals and mystical beings roamed the land. ... read more ››

Gimme Shelter

Though 90 residents were evacuated from Attawapiskat after a sewage backup contaminated their homes, the federal government has yet to offer the displaced any comfort. Because of their failing infrastructure, the Ontario Cree community of Attawapiskat had to evacuate 90 residents to nearby Cochrane on July 25 after a sewage backup ... read more ››