Category: 2015 06 12

Voices from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's closing ceremony

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada held a closing event in Ottawa (Algonquin Territory) between May 31 and June 3, beginning with a five-kilometre healing walk across the bridge from Gatineau, Quebec. On June 2, the Commission released the findings resulting from its six years of hearings from survivors, ... read more ››

Rookie officer and two civilians rescue Waskaganish family from fire

Assisted by two local residents, an Eeyou-Eenou Police officer carried a mother and two children, aged 6 and 3, to safety from their burning house in Waskaganish May 25. Officer Bruce Wapachee was on his routine morning patrol when he noticed plumes of black smoke billowing from the rear of the ... read more ››

Sequins store trashed in Nemaska break-in

Clarence Shecapio arrived to an unpleasant surprise when he opened the door to Sequins, the Nemaska convenience and grocery store he owns with his wife Cindy Coonishish. Sometime between midnight and 5 am on May 23, the back window was smashed and a variety of groceries and packaged goods were ... read more ››

Bob and Jane do Valentine’s Day

Bob’s Version of events He sent her flowers and the usual e-mail with exploding flowers and chocolate flavoured everything and she still refused to be his valentine. Geeze, Bob thinks. God. What does it take to make this lady happy enough to go out with me on the most hallowed of all ... read more ››

CREECO. Ordered to Sell Servinor

The Crees’ eight-year venture in food distribution is over. The leadership of the Cree Regional Authority has ordered CREECO., the Cree-owned economic development company, to sell Servinor Food Wholesaler Inc., its money-bleeding subsidiary. The move came in a resolution at a special Dec. 12 meeting of the Council/Board, the body that runs ... read more ››

2000: Year In Review

January: -The world rings in the new year without the much anticipated computer armageddon. Elevators don’t plummet, planes don’t crash, and micro-wave ovens don’t blow up. Who knew? -Called the greatest legal victory for the crees since 1972, when Justice Alfred Malouf stopped the James Bay project, a Quebec Superior Court rules ... read more ››

News From Gaspésie, To Mistissini and Eastmain: Olympic Dreams to Share with Family and Friends: Gabriel Rabbitskin Quesnel, 11 Years Old

You started your new swimming season for this year while watching the Sidney 2000 Olympics. You seemed to enjoy watching any events that came up, cheering for China? We both knew to look for the swimming events. Of course swimming was one of the first events presented and it had ... read more ››

From El Dorado to Plan Colombia

Colombia – mythical land of the Golden Indian, “El Dorado.” Home to the magical cloudforests of the Andean Mountains. And one of the most violent places on earth. Our writer meets the embattled Embera indigenous people in the heart of the warzone. After landing in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, flight passengers ... read more ››

Meeting of the Minds

This issue, both REZnotes writers are together and writing this column. This is a conversation (supposed to be an interview). TOAO- “So, how was your Christmas?” I ask Neil Diamond. “Mine wasn’t so bad this year, got my black socks (again) and some new longjohns. What kinda loot did you get?” NDIAMON- Loot? ... read more ››

Premier Poorly Briefed at Cree Summit

Quebec Premier Lucien Bouchard seemed poorly briefed and misinformed at a key summit with Crees Nov. 23. The summit was held as Crees and Quebec face a serious deadlock over forestry and other disputed issues. But Bouchard didn’t seem to know what was going on. “Bouchard wasn’t informed about what was really ... read more ››

Inuit Say Warming Affects Hunting, Animals

While governments and scientists still debate climate change, the Inuit people on Banks Island in northern Canada are pointing to signs that the world is getting warmer. The evidence is in the land and ice that surrounds them, they said in a recent report in the Associated Press. The permafrost is thawing, ... read more ››

Feds Move to “Update” Indian Act

Indian Affairs is trying once again to change the 134-year-old Indian Act. Federal Indian Affairs Minister Robert Nault plans to introduce legislation to “update” the Indian Act soon. His department is now working on what will be called the Modern Governance Act, and says it will consult First Nations. “It’s either going to ... read more ››

Milk Capitalism

The 120 families that make up Callamarca mostly farm, cultivating potatoes, beans and grains. For over a decade, community members also have been selling milk to a state company in order to make a living. But that changed when the company was bought by a Peruvian division of Nestle. Nestle will ... read more ››

Ancient Arctic Culture Comes to Life at the McCord

On a cold gray Montreal afternoon, there seem to be quite a few of those now, I was lucky enough to be dispatched by a certain editor to cover the latest show at the McCord Museum. Lost Visions, Forgotten Dreams – Life and Art of an Ancient Arctic People is ... read more ››