Category: 2007-02-02

To protect and to serve

There are moments that clarify life for you. You may lose faith in the inherent ability of man to encompass community and wellbeing and then you are handed a gift. One such moment in my life occurred recently when I was helping to keep one dog away from another that was ... read more ››

Getting by on by-laws

Some issues just don’t seem to go away: racism, unemployment, poor health, abuse of every kind, sorrow and injustice and a general lack of get-up-and-go attitude. Somehow, all these issues have some type of reparative or solution in the form of programs, funding, courts, or incarceration complete with laws that ... read more ››

Wemindji, Chisasibi Race for Supremacy – Annual Diabetes Fund Drive

For the second Lime in the last three years, the Northern Store in the smaller community of Wemindji has outsold its counterpart in Chisasibi in a race for diabetes awareness and, hopefully one day, a cure. The two stores battled it out last year for diabetic awareness supremacy in Canada by ... read more ››

A sobering experience – Family Life course graduates share a special bond

Eeyou Istchee is a little smarter after nine women graduated from a thought-provoking and insightful three-year Cree Family Life Education course that helped them to grow as people and as educators of Cree youth. Shirley Sandy, Daisy House, Bessie Tomatuk, Marlene Matoush, Brenda Sam, Margaret Pachanos, Margo Mianscum-Cooper, Shirley Cooper, and ... read more ››

James Bay Highway Opens

The winter road is open to light traffic. In this case light traffic means the vehicle and contents including passengers must not be over 4500 kg (or 10,000 lbs). Caution is urged as construction equipment is still on the highway and flooding crews are working near the water crossings. Slow ... read more ››

Shaman story

The critically acclaimed follow up to the highly successful Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner is coming to Eeyou Istchee. The Journals of Knud Rasmussen looks at a Danish explorer’s journals and along with it, the unique journey of his Inuit guides. The Nation spoke to Jacquie Carpenter, Audience Events and Tour ... read more ››

Weeneebeg Aboriginal Film and Video Festival

The Weeneebeg Aboriginal Film and Video Festival is an annual five-day festival happening in Moose Factory on March 7-11. Festival organizers say it is a community driven festival drawing on northern experiences. This year they will be presenting works by established and emerging international Aboriginal artists with featured youth workshops ... read more ››

Courses In The Communities

If you have resolved that 2007 is your year for action on retraining and changing your field of employment, you are not alone. As the demands of the labour market evolves, we the workforce must evolve to accommodate its needs. When we think of schooling however, our minds will often naturally ... read more ››

Heading for Success

Whether you are in the north or in the south of the province, when it comes to training programs that will lead to both meaningful and gainful employment, there is no better place to look at what is in demand than on Emploi Quebec’s website. Because there are so many ... read more ››

Native Studies

It’s one thing to be an expert on your own culture but it’s something else altogether to have a university degree in Native or Aboriginal studies. In Quebec, unfortunately, the only available program is the Certificat en études autochtones at Université Laval in Quebec City (in French). What’s more, the ... read more ››

Northern CEGEP adapts programs to Native cultures

If you’ve ever dreamed of getting a post secondary education but you felt that there were no CEGEPs that were feasibly adapted to the needs of aboriginal people coming from the north, your luck has just changed. The province announced January 19 that the Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue would be receiving an ... read more ››

Wahgoshig First Nation signs gold mine deal

A golden opportunity has been announced with an agreement between Wahgoshig First Nation in Northern Ontario and the Apollo Gold Corporation. Representatives from Wahgoshig and Apollo Gold, a major gold mining and exploration company, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a new working relationship at the First Nation administration ... read more ››

North West Company Employees Run Diabetes Marathon

Why would someone who has never run or walked distances before sign up to do a marathon? For 17 brave souls who made up the North West Company’s Team Diabetes contingent at the 2006 Honolulu Marathon on December 10, 2006, the reasons were many, and personal. Diabetes is a disease that ... read more ››

All about babies

I met a new member of the family this past week. My younger brother Paul and his partner Theresa are proud parents of a new baby they named Lynniah Lacy Victoria Stephens. Lynniah was born at 8:48 am on January 19 and she weighed eight pounds and six and a ... read more ››