The Days of the Indian Prisons

Still, to this day, it’s hard for me to fully comprehend why — let alone believe that – not only one but two residential schools would be part of my life in this world. I am very grateful to have come through alive in these “Indian prisons” that took people’s lives ... read more ››

Era of Residential School Days – “How can one find freedom without taking it from somebody else”

The freedom to choose in this rich country of ours was never meant for everyone. Aboriginal peoples, the poorest of this country, would constantly fight to have that right. This beautiful country Canada would only recognize or give back “Aboriginal Rights” to areas where natural resources – supply of wealth ... read more ››

Respect for nature

March 17, 1995 (Vol. 2, No. 7) Just like my ancestors, my father was born in the bush when his mother still had fresh snow on her moccasins. The place he was born was called “Jack Pine’s River,” translated. Upon one of his visits during winter to the area where he ... read more ››

Respect for Nature: Greatest respect was shown for nature (wildlife) because to us, Cree people, life depended on them (animals).

Greatest respect was shown for nature (wildlife) because to us, Cree people, life depended on them (animals). Non-Natives do not understand the strong attachment we Cree people have for our traditional lands. Through evolution and time, we conquered, to live as hunters and gatherers. Our concern is to remain as ... read more ››

MOOSE The decline of a great animal

On August 30, we gathered at the arena to discuss a moose management plan for the coming year of 1995. Twenty-six tallymen and their families were there. Of course, a lot of other hunters and trappers were there too. As the discussions became heated, personally I felt this was a climax of ... read more ››

A new beginning: Impacts of forestry operations from the Cree Hunters’ and Trappers’ Perspective

“Less and less, the birds sang, until one day we heard their beautiful songs no more and our hearts cried out as we hugged our children and told them to pray. Nothing could slow the loggers down.” Paul Dixon is a hunter and trapper in the Waswanipi Territory. The original version ... read more ››