Category: 2014 06 13

By finding my dad, Cyprien, I found myself

  My mother, Lucy Bosum, wept as she heard the decision of my grandparents. The answer was “No!” My biological father, Cyprien Caron, had proposed to marry my mother, but my grandparents could not overlook the clash of their cultures and languages. They could not conceive of this union being a ... read more ››

N’we Jinan : The story behind the music

Soulful song goddesses, cutting-edge rappers, precocious kids, metal dudes, scribes of prose and poetry, rockers with a cause, unlikely hip-hop heroes and community activists are some of the labels for Eeyou Istchee’s newest superstars; the youth whose voices, songs and souls made it to N’we Jinan, a new Cree album ... read more ››

Devotions to Dad: Three Crees talk about life, love and learning from their fathers

For most of us, Dad was the first man that we really get to know and love. He was often our childhood hero and the man we rushed home to every June with our homemade Father’s Day cards. Whether or not this is an apt description of your relationship with your ... read more ››

Sustainable forestry in Eeyou Istchee

About 200 people attended the Working Together for a Sustainable Forestry conference May 27-28 at the Forestel Hotel in Val d’Or. Organized by the Secretariat to the Cree Nation Abitibi-Témiscamingue Economic Alliance (SCNATEA), the event gathered representatives from the Cree Nation, the forestry industry, the Quebec government and the training ... read more ››

The Mistissini Runners’ Club leads the trend in physical fitness in the Cree Nation

The first time I ever went for a run, it was because my runner girlfriend dared me to do it. She told me to set the pace and said she’d catch up to me; in about 10 seconds she told me I had to slow way down. I cut my ... read more ››

Heavens above

I am dazzled by the starry night sky. I have always taken a great comfort in looking up at the stars. When I look up to the heavens and the greater universe I find a perspective of the world that has kept me grounded and aware of my place in ... read more ››

The poverty of Conservative policy

Canada is quick to speak out against human rights violations abroad, and to brag about its foreign aid to combat poverty around the world. It would be nice if the government would do the same at home. Given the desperate living conditions of most First Nations across the country it ... read more ››

A people’s march says no to tar-sands pipeline

Protesters march through Trois Rivieres On a Saturday morning in early May in the sleepy bayside village of Cacouna, mist floats dreamily in the broad skies and winds of the St. Lawrence River. We wake from our sleeping bags at a youth centre to share a soup breakfast before the longest ... read more ››