Category: 2014 08 12

From Gaza to Grassy Narrows

The Harper government is finally talking about land rights. They’re even advocating the sovereignty of a people who occupied their land thousands of years ago. Unfortunately, they had to look outside the country to do so. As of press time, the conflict in Gaza has claimed over 1,360 Palestinian lives, the ... read more ››

Wabun Youth Gathering: A template for success

Suicide is a major problem in First Nations right across the country. As a First Nation person, I have been touched by suicide in the loss of friends from my community in Attawapiskat. Too many wonderful young Native people who are full of potential are taking their lives for no ... read more ››

Grassy Narrows demands apology for mercury dumping

Right to left: Judy Da Sliva – Grassy Narrows Mother of 5 & grassroots mercury justice activist, Stan Beardy – Ontario Regional Chief, Roger Fobister Sr. – Grassy Narrows Chief From 1962-1970, a paper mill upstream of the Grassy Narrows First Nation – an Ojibwa community located 80 km north of ... read more ››

Waswanipi elections 2014 – Dates & Candidates

Band council elections in Waswanipi will be held August 29. Travel polls are scheduled for August 14 in Amos and Washaw Sibi. They will also be available August 15 in Val-d’Or. The advance poll in Waswanipi will be held August 19. Polls will be open from 9 am to 7 pm ... read more ››

Shecapio re-elected Mistissini chief

Mistissini’s controversial band council elections came to an end late last month with incumbent Richard Shecapio keeping his position as Chief, scraping by challenger Henry Mianscum in the July 24 run-off election with 52% of the vote. Another run-off election for the position of Deputy Chief ended with a new ... read more ››

The annual Wabun Youth Gathering changes lives

Suicide prevention was one of the major themes covered in workshops during the eighth annual Wabun Youth Gathering heldfrom July 14 to 25 at the Eco Lodge in Elk Lake Ontario. Pictured are the Wabun Youth Senior participants who took part in the event. Jean Lemieux and Mike Archer of Wabun ... read more ››

Cree companies increase presence in Quebec’s first diamond mine

As Quebec’s first diamond mine gears up for operation, two Mistissini Cree companies are preparing for the roles that they will play in its labour force thanks to the priority orders laid out in the 2012 Mecheshoo Agreement. The agreement signed between the Grand Council of the Crees, the Cree Nation ... read more ››

Sol Awashish is on a mission to promote Miyupimaatisiiun

Sol Awashish is keeping up a tradition of a walk to promote a health message at the Annual General Assembly of the Crees. This year, the program officer at the Cree Health Board will begin walking from Chapais to Waswanipi August 2 to deliver a message about Miyupimaatisiiun, a grassroots plan ... read more ››