Category: 2008-05-09

Preserving our tradition

Tamarack decoys, snowshoes, spruce baskets and moose-hide mitts, gloves and slippers are all products that were traditionally made by the Crees but their production has seen a decline since colonization and the intrusion of the modern world. In an attempt to keep traditional arts and crafts from falling by the wayside ... read more ››

For the female persuasion: Annual trade show focuses on all the things women need

Though the Montreal Women’s Show, held at the Palais de Congres April 4-6, was an event geared towards women, it did beg the question, “What kind of women?” The exposition floor was a flurry with exhibitors hawking just about every variety of cosmetic, cosmetic process, feminine-hygiene product, cleaning product, diet product ... read more ››

Decoy making for dummies

The wind bellowed out its fury over the small man-made pond, the waves cascaded over the rim of the sod dikes, the goose decoys posted rock-solid in the pounding wake of your average south-wind spring day. The conditions were beautiful only to the hunter, as the clouds loomed low in ... read more ››

Digging for gold: Value of gold skyrocketing, mining companies eager to do business

What was old is new again as Metanor Resources Inc. has announced plans to revitalize an old gold mine next to Bachelor Lake near Waswanipi. They are also looking to do exploration diamond drilling on a property south of Cree territory. And so far, the Cree response has been good. “One positive ... read more ››

The floods return: Kashechewan is evacuated for fourth time in four years

The troubled northern Ontario Cree community of Kashechewan is dealing with uncertainty once again as several hundred residents had to be evacuated April 25 due to imminent flooding. Rapidly rising waters caused by the break-up of the ice cover on the Albany River is expected to continue to threaten the community ... read more ››

The Cree Health Board celebrates its 30 years of operation

The Cree Health Board has just hit the big 3-0 and to celebrate it held a big bash in Chisasibi April 19-20 to commemorate three decades of accomplishments, commitment and diligent service and to honour the individuals who made it possible. Diane Reid, chairperson for the CHBand a seven-year veteran, said, ... read more ››

Lesson of the frozen geese

It is 1930 on the James Bay coast and spring has arrived on the frozen tundra. After weeks of warm weather, the Niska, the Cree word for geese, have finally arrived after a long hard winter. The Cree of the James Bay coast are leading their nomadic and self-sufficient lifestyle ... read more ››

Suffer the consequences of your actions

Aboriginal people are not going to jail as often these days, but that does not mean we are committing less crime. It stems back to the Jamie Gladue case that was heard before the Supreme Court in 1999. Her defence lawyer argued that an offender’s Aboriginal background should be taken into ... read more ››

Early Pow Wow listings

Rama Mnjikaning First Nation Mother’s Day Powwow Saturday May 10, 2008 Grand Entry at 12:30 PM and 7:00 PM Sunrise Ceremony Saturday morning MASK Arena 6147 Rama RD. Rama Ontario (1 KM North of Casino Rama) Master of Ceremonies: Chris Pheasant CO-MC: Gerard Sagassige Arena Director: Allen Manitowbi Host Drum: Young Guns Head Veteran: TBA Head Female Dancer: Jessica Devost Head Male Dancer: ... read more ››

Suffer the consequences of your actions

Aboriginal people are not going to jail as often these days, but that does not mean we are committing less crime. It stems back to the Jamie Gladue case that was heard before the Supreme Court in 1999. Her defence lawyer argued that an offender’s Aboriginal background should be taken into ... read more ››

Billy Diamond in Montreal hospital

Billy Diamond is recovering in a Montreal hospital after suffering a stroke April 23. The former Grand Chief was discovered lying on the floor of his hotel room in Rouyn Noranda where he had collapsed shortly after waking at 6am with a severe cramp in his leg. Although fully conscious, he ... read more ››

Early bird hunters bag the first goose

According to information received by the Nation, David Gull of Waswanipi shot the first goose at noon on April 11, this year, in Miquelon. Bragging rights go out to Mistissini’s Donald MacLeod. He got the first two geese in that community at I pm on April 16. The man at the ... read more ››

Early Pow Wow listings

Rama Mnjikaning First Nation Mother’s Day Powwow Saturday May 10, 2008 Grand Entry at 12:30 PM and 7:00 PM Sunrise Ceremony Saturday morning MASK Arena 6147 Rama RD. Rama Ontario (1 KM North of Casino Rama) Master of Ceremonies: Chris Pheasant CO-MC: Gerard Sagassige Arena Director: Allen Manitowbi Host Drum: Young Guns Head Veteran: TBA Head Female Dancer: Jessica Devost Head Male Dancer: ... read more ››

Nation nominated for 6 awards!

The Nation magazine has picked up a bucket full of nominations again this year from the Quebec Community Newspapers Association. The magazine has been nominated for the Best Feature Page for a story Steve Bonspiel wrote about a women’s gathering of the Americas in Kahnawake. Bonspiel picked up nominations in three categories, ... read more ››