Category: 2005-11-11

Feds Drop the Ball in Kashechewan Water Crisis

The federal government should be ashamed. After taking the Kashechewan people on a roller coaster ride that has resulted in a game of aquatic Russian roulette and disease, is death far behind? For those who don’t have television, internet, radio or a pulse, the community of Kashechewan on the west coast ... read more ››

John Chabot, Body-Checked

Since 9/11, the world has changed and so have we. No longer can we board an aircraft with guns and ammunition, casually handled and stored under the seat. Nope. Today, we have to run a gauntlet of security guards, drug and bomb-sniffing dogs, chemical detectors and metal detector wands. Not ... read more ››

Kashechewan Evacuated, Promised New Community

The beleaguered community of Kashechewan on the western coast of James Bay has been hard-hit by a recent water crisis and has been promised a new community by the befuddled federal government. Indian Affairs Minister Andy Scott announced October 27 that the federal government plans to build 50 new houses a ... read more ››

Chisasibi Truckers Blockade Non-Native Haulers

Chisasibi construction workers set up a blockade November 1 to prevent two non-native truck drivers from exiting the local gravel pit in a protest against what they called unfair hiring practices by Chee Bee Cree Construction. “We got over a hundred signatures to petition against the truckers,” said local truck driver ... read more ››

Aboriginal Veterans Honoured In Europe

Aboriginal war veterans were honoured in a ceremony that recognized the courage and devotion to their country displayed in overseas battles during the Second World War. More than 300 veterans, elders, youth and media joined in the “Aboriginal Spiritual Journey” from October 26 to November 4 in Belgium and France as ... read more ››

Feds Responsible For 3/4 of Abuse, Rules Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Canada gave the federal government a break October 21 on just how much it is responsible for residential school abuses in Vancouver. The feds are now on the hook for 75 per cent, not the 100 per cent as previously ruled by a lower court. Six Aboriginal ... read more ››

Mohawk Girls Are Popular

Rezolution Pictures has taken home the Alanis Obomsawin Award for Best Documentary at the ImagineNATIVE film festival in Toronto. The winners were announced on October 23 and Director Tracey Deer was on hand to accept the award for her film Mohawk Girls. “It was a real honour to win because there were ... read more ››

Waswanipi Women Plead Guilty

Four Waswanipi women finally brought an end to their story of financial misdeeds as they pled guilty to fraud and forging of documents in Waswanipi traveling court. Pauline Icebound, Josephine Happyjack-Gull, Cynthia Saganash, and Emily Happyjack-Gull pled guilty on October 25 and will be sentenced January 10, 2006. The Crown prosecutor recommended ... read more ››

Diabetes, The Preventable Killer

The rate of diabetes in Eeyou Istchee has climbed each year and is currently at epidemic proportions. As of 2004, over 1,230 Eeyouch were living with diabetes. As part of November diabetes month, the Nation, along with the Cree Public Health Office, has released those statistics from 2004 to raise more ... read more ››

Montreal’s Modified Car Show – Pimp My Ride, Sure But No Police Lights Allowed!

Montreal’s salon de l’auto modifiée name was, as usual, a big hit this year. With tripped-out Hummers and hyped-up Civics, the show attracted people from all walks of life – and plenty of beautiful “car girls.” Olympic Stadium was home to over 200 cars from October 14-16, which was a welcome site ... read more ››

A Star Is Born

There has been a new addition to the Kataquapit family. The baby (Cheecheesh) Orion Marcus Jeremy Kataquapit was born October 27, weighing eight pounds and two ounces to my younger brother Joseph and his wife Lynda. The whole family was excited to hear the news and the baby has become ... read more ››