Category: 2014 12 12

Susannah’s Journey

A Cree family from Whapmagoostui is raising funds to attend a Florida conference for families impacted by a rare genetic disorder. Susaannah Kawapit Their 12-year-old Susannah was diagnosed with Sotos syndrome shortly after her birth. The condition causes children to grow rapidly during the initial years of their lives. Susannah’s speech and ... read more ››

Maintaining your health on the road

With the deep freeze well underway, traveling abroad is a sure fire way to escape the hardships of winter, if only briefly. Your trip, however, is only going to be as good as you feel, so take some advice from a medical professional who knows how to make your travel experience ... read more ››

Quebec-Cree collaboration on the Plan Nord

Unveiled in 2011 under Jean Charest’s Liberal government, Plan Nord was the province’s long-term strategy for improving access to and developing the vast untapped mineral and energy resources that lie north of the 49th parallel; a gargantuan landmass twice the size of France. The original Plan Nord, which sought to ... read more ››

Meechum’s annual fundraiser spreads the holiday spirit in Mistissini

Christmas brings families together throughout Eeyou Istchee. For most, a turkey dinner with all the fixing and gifts under the tree are an integral part of the holiday. Yet for a small minority, those things are out of reach. Putting any food on the table and paying the bills takes precedent ... read more ››

Tim Whiskeychan’s $5 coin now available

Tim Whiskeychan is officially a minted success. In September, the Nation reported that the Royal Canadian Mint would use the Cree artist’s design for a special edition $5 coin. The coin, which features a Cree hunter aiming his bow at flying geese from behind a blind, was launched at a ... read more ››

Behind the scenes at the premiere of the new TV series Mohawk Girls

To celebrate last month’s premiere of the APTN original series, Mohawk Girls, the cast, crew, and producers hosted a screening party at the 99 Resto Bar in Kahnawake. Upwards of a 100 people, including family members and close friends of those affiliated with the show, came together to watch the ... read more ››

The Montreal Council for Women names Nakuset Woman of the Year

Nakuset is one of the most visible Aboriginal figures in Montreal for two reasons: she’s involved in a multitude of important projects, and she’s always willing to talk about them. In late November, the Montreal Council of Women chose to name her their Woman of the Year in recognition of ... read more ››

Glass houses

Hard times are ahead for over 80 First Nation bands that haven’t handed over their financial records under Canada’s First Nations Financial Transparency Act. If documents aren’t received by December 12, Ottawa says federal funding will be cut off. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) issued an ultimatum, threatening to ... read more ››

Better days ahead

Resource developers and First Nations are finding common ground when it comes to the creation of projects on traditional Native lands. The main ingredient to successful partnerships that benefit everybody seems to be respect. I have watched First Nations all across Canada interact with resource developers and often there are problems. ... read more ››

Keeping the fire burning

I am sitting in a warm cabin just beside Pikauba River, in the land of Innu. Words cannot describe how these past few days have been. We have trekked many miles and have seen the breadth of the land from Mistissini to here. We may have tasted possibly all seasons since ... read more ››

Courageous broadcaster passes away

Eeyou Istchee has lost one of its most prominent broadcasters. Roderick Rabbitskin passed away from heart failure on December 1 in Mistissini. For years Rabbitskin was a constant presence in many people’s lives as the sensitive man discussing the issues of the day as a radio host on CBC North. Rabbitskin worked ... read more ››