Wemindji youth ready to rock Nicaragua

The dream is finally becoming a reality for the students and teachers of Wemindji Rocks Nicaragua. After months of planning, hard work and tireless fundraising, the team of 15 ambitious youth from Wemindji have reached their goal. The students and five chaperones will leave Wemindji July 6, starting their 26-hour journey ... read more ››

Election coming to Mistissini: Candidates, Voting hours

Band council elections in Mistissini will be held on Tuesday, July 15 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm), at the Emmet H. Macleod Conference room in the Issac Shecapio Sr. Administration Building. Advance polls are scheduled for July 8 and 9 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) at the same location. Travel polls will ... read more ››

Golf Tournaments

With temperatures on the rise and fairways greening up, golfers across Eeyou Istchee are hitting the links once again. The following is a list of Cree golf tournaments and benefits that may be coming soon to your local course. With some tournament dates yet to be announced, the list is sure ... read more ››

The Cree experience with forestry: A short history

By Paul Dixon I am the son of the late Isaac Dixon, one the greatest hunters who ever lived. My father and grandfather taught me everything there is to know about the Cree world, what it means to our being. Both were born in the wilderness and grew up there before ... read more ››

Atleo resigns as AFN Chief

The federal government’s controversial First Nations Education Act has been put on hold following the May 2 resignation of Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Atleo supported the education bill, which has been criticized by several First Nations groups for the amount of control it would ... read more ››

Odjick: One hit over the line

Former Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks enforcer Gino Odjick, 43, was admitted to a Gatineau psychiatric hospital December 3 for undisclosed reasons. Sources close to “the Algonquin Enforcer” say he claims his problems stem from the numerous concussions he suffered during his years playing and fighting in the National Hockey League. ... read more ››

From senator to journo?

Controversial senator Patrick Brazeau of Kitigan Zibi has landed a new gig as a “journalist.” Brazeau was hired by the Halifax arm of Frank, a satirical and gossip magazine, that lampoons Canadian politicians. Brazeau came to prominence when he boxed future Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau. Brazeau lost the bout and ... read more ››

WATCH: Wemindji's Nicaragua students tell their story

This video was submitted to us by the students of Maquatua Eeyou School in Wemindji who are currently raising money to finance a humanitarian trip to build schools and clinics in Nicaragua. Read the entire story here Show them your support! ***This video does not belong to the Nation, nor was it shot ... read more ››

Forgotten code talker heroes honoured

When many people think of the world-famous code talkers, the Native Americans who used their language to transmit messages in wartime that enemies could not decipher, they immediately think of the Navajo tribe. Earlier this month, the United States government finally awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the “forgotten” code ... read more ››

Stornoway promotes new projects

Stornoway Diamonds hosted an event this month to emphasize the company’s close collaboration with Quebec and the communities of the James Bay region in the development of its mining projects in the area. Mistissini Chief Richard Shecapio, Quebec Natural Resources Minister Martine Ouellet and Chibougamau Mayor Manon Cyr were on hand ... read more ››

Indians + Aliens: The Game FREE

Fans of the Rezolution Picture’s documentary television series Indians + Aliens can now explore the extra-terrestrial mysteries of the North from their mobile devices in the newly released Indian + Aliens: The Game. Inspired by intriguing stories of interstellar visitors as told by people from across the Quebec’s northern communities, the ... read more ››

Nation Timeline 2009-2013

2009 Jan. 2: Two union associations compete to unionize workers at Cree childcare centres Jan. 16: Plan Nord scrutinized – Quebec premier Jean Charest causes alarm by referring to his proposed northern development plan as an “occupation” – Justice gains ground at Barriere Lake. Protesters on Parliament Hill dispute Ottawa’s refusal to recognize ... read more ››

Diamond documentary shines

Scene from Inuit Cree Reconciliation Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond’s latest project, Inuit Cree Reconciliation, was a hit at its October 17 debut at Toronto’s ImagineNATIVE film and arts festival, later winning the festival’s Best Short Documentary Award. Co-directed by Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk, the 44-minute film details conflict between Inuit and Cree in 18th century Northern Quebec and examines how that ... read more ››

Fontaine letter ignites discussion on genocide

The following is a letter sent by the undersigned to James Anaya, UN special rapporteur on indigenous rights: Professor Anaya: Genocides rarely emerge fully formed from the womb of evil. They typically evolve in a stepwise fashion over time, as one crime leads to another and another. The Holocaust is the undisputed genocide ... read more ››

RCMP social media campaign targets the missing and murdered

The RCMP is collaborating with Native groups on a social media awareness campaign to invite public help in resolving cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The Assembly of First Nations and the Native Women’s Association of Canada are cooperating in the campaign. “It’s to raise awareness and to make sure ... read more ››

Dolly Parton contributes to Manitoba youth literacy

Country music superstar Dolly Parton is opening the door to lifelong learning for Manitoba’s First Nations children one book at a time as part of her literacy foundation, Dolly’s Imagination Library. As an advocate for children’s literacy, Parton has teamed up with Karen Davis, an early childhood education worker from Manitoba’s ... read more ››

Conservatives ignore violence against Aboriginal women

Aboriginal people across Canada are in an uproar over the federal government’s recent decision to dismiss recommendations from the United Nations to develop a comprehensive national review to end violence against Aboriginal women. The recommendations were suggested after the UN conducted its periodic review of Canada’s human rights record, which happens ... read more ››

The Starvation Story

The Shaman and the Frost

The Hunter Who Always Slept

The Legend of the Snowshoes

The Legend of Aayaashaau

Bigfoot sighting near Wemindji causes a stir

Photo by Melvin Georgekish The frenzied reaction by the cryptozoology blogosphere came close to crashing the global internet network in late August after a Cree hunter claimed to have seen a pair of the mythical Bigfoot (Bigfeet? – ed) while driving along a forested area near Wemindji. Melvin Georgekish knew something was fishy when ... read more ››

Hotel du Fort closing its doors

Renowned as a classy, independent boutique establishment, Montreal’s Hotel du Fort identified its mission to provide clients with a “home away from home” for the past 21 years. Sadly, the hotel has announced it will close its doors November 1 after dedicated service to many celebrity guests over the years, including ... read more ››

New police cadet program to engage with teenagers

The Eeyou Eenou Police Force (EEPF) is accepting candidates for a new cadet program that could get underway this fall. The pilot project will initially focus on the communities of Whapamagoostui, Eastmain and Oujé-Bougoumou. The program is the brainchild of EEPF managers, who want to diminish the teenage idleness that can ... read more ››

Archeological dig breaks new ground

An archaeological team began a two-week excavation in late August on a Waskaganish site that is believed to contain artifacts up to 7,000 years old. The Saunders Goose Pond site was identified last summer after local resident Christopher Wesley found rough stone blades and arrowheads there. The site claims historical significance ... read more ››