Category: 2005-12-23

All we need is…

There has been an alarming increase in violent episodes in Eeyou Istchee in recent months and it’s sad that some of it happened just in time for the holidays. An even sadder part is the shame and degradation that comes with being jumped or attacked for no reason. When these incidents ... read more ››

Christmas Ghost of the future

Every Christmas Holiday season, I notice that the Cree world speeds up a notch or two. Everyone has a destination to get to and a store or mall to hang around, wishing that their bank account was like Santa’s bag of tricks, never-ending and magically full of gifts and presents. Although ... read more ››

Renewal Commission says all Natives should elect AFN chief

The Assembly of First Nations Renewal Commission (AFNRC) has released its nearly 300-page report containing 47 recommendations for reorganizing the AFN. The commission was formed 18 months ago to examine the purpose and structure of the national organization representing nearly a million First Nations citizens across Canada. Among other recommendations, the report ... read more ››

Another Dead Indian

The 1990s were a tumultuous time for Native people in Canada. The Oka Crisis changed this reporters’ life at the tender age of 14 while serving as a call to the outside world. Another important protest against the colonial takeover of Indian land happened in 1995 at Ipperwash Provincial Park in Ontario. A ... read more ››

New program to benefit Ontario Aboriginals

The Ontario government, in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres, has established a new community-based program to help urban Aboriginal children and youth. Starting this year, “Akwe:go,” which means “everyone” in Mohawk, will be aided by the province who will provide more than $2 million annually to the ... read more ››

Grand Council celebrates 30 years of JBNQA

The Grand Council of the Crees used their annual Christmas dinner in Montreal December 14 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement with a special tribute to the chief negotiators of the agreement. Recently elected Grand Chief Matthew Mukash delivered a speech that marked the ... read more ››

What Is Christmas?

You know Christmas is just around the corner when you start seeing the red, green and white lights strung out around the windows and roof ledges. As a young boy I remember my parents and older siblings preparing the Christmas tree. One of the first things to be put on ... read more ››