Category: 2006-06-09

The spirit of the Mohawks

The Mohawk protest at Caledonia, Ontario brought back memories of another incident that is still fresh in the minds of most Aboriginals. In 1990, a small group of Kanesatake Mohawks set up a non-threatening, side-of-the-road camp to halt the Oka golf club’s proposed expansion onto their land. If plans had proceeded, ... read more ››

Longest day, toughest sleep

The best part about National Aboriginal Day in the past was that it was fishing day. Since it was also the longest day of the year, naturally, it was the longest day of the year to go fishing. One year, we combined fishing with some twilight duck hunting and, on ... read more ››

Odawa kicks off powwow season

Powwow season in Canada kicked off last week with the 30th annual Odawa powwow, May 26-28 in Ottawa. And what a start it was! The beautiful weather was shining down on spectators and the colorful dancers and Indian tacos were a big hit all around. Touted as the first powwow of the ... read more ››

First People’s Festival visually stunning – 16th edition opens with Inuit art exhibit

After anxious moments, a late start and high humidity, the 16th edition of the First People’s Festival in Montreal finally got under way – and it was worth the wait. The festival marked its grand opening with an exhibition by 11 Inuk artists from Inuvik on May 25. The vernissage was ... read more ››

Grand Chief is hospitalized

Cree Grand Chief Matthew Mukash checked himself into the Montreal General Hospital May 24 to treat what doctors diagnosed as internal bleeding. The Grand Chief thought he was suffering from diarrhea and went to the hospital as a precaution. “He’s recovering well,” said Deputy Grand Chief Ashley Iserhoff. “From what his ... read more ››

Cree Language in Cyberspace

Although many Cree homes now have computers and are connected to the Internet, many people may still be unaware that we have a website dedicated to the Cree language. The Cree Programs staff of the Cree School Board and Dr. Marie-Odile Junker of Carleton University in Ottawa, have been developing ... read more ››

Edith Cloutier nominated Knight of the Ordre nationale du Québec

Val-d’Or, June 1st, 2006_ This Thursday, Premier of Quebec Jean Charest announced the nomination of Mrs. Edith Cloutier, Executive-Director of the Val-d’Or Native Friendship Centre and President of the Regroupment des Centres d’amitié autochtones du Quebec, as Knight of the Ordre national du Québec. She becomes the second person in ... read more ››

Sometimes a great notion

There is lots of excitement today. We have spent the past week cribbing an old building across the street from our home. It is one of the original two-story houses built decades ago when the town was just a small settlement. Dad is leading a work crew consisting of my ... read more ››