Category: 2015 07 10

How one man is fighting the James Bay Highway’s pothole epidemic

Photos from James Bay Highway Road Conditions Group Waskaganish’s Ryan Erless is no stranger to the James Bay Highway (JBH). He’s traveled up and down the 620 kilometres of the decaying two-lane road too many times to count. Like many Crees, Erless knows the highway’s most infamous potholes, cracks and bumps ... read more ››

Crees Might Intervene in Trade Brawl

The Grand Council of the Crees is considering intervening in the high-stakes Canada-U.S. trade war over softwood lumber. Crees are considering filing an application for intervenor status in support of the U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports. The coalition, which represents major U.S. timber companies, is accusing Canada of wiping out its ... read more ››

Gun Law Being Boycotted?

The Canadian Alliance says there is a “near total boycott” of the new federal gun-license system by Aboriginal people. But the right-wing party’s numbers are being called into question. Alliance MP Garry Breitkreuz, an almost fanatical opponent of the new gun law, says only 5 percent of Aboriginal gun owners have a ... read more ››

O.J. Hosts Speaking Contest

Ouje-Bougoumou hosted the annual public-speaking contest on March 13. The contestants were the winners of contests in each community. The winners in the Cree language contest were: Nathalia Happyjack (1st place), Rebecca Otter (2nd) and Manuel Icebound (3rd). The English-language winners were: Hillary Kitchen (1st), Marceline Happyjack (2nd) and Abraham Icebound (3rd). The French-language ... read more ››

Who Does Rez Notes?

I got a call from Neil Diamond and he told me that many faithful readers and fans have come to the conclusion that he has been writing the Reznotes since time immemorial. Neil Diamond has been taking the last 9 months off, dear fans (and hate e-mailers) and this has ... read more ››

Crees to go to Court over Skidoo Trails

Cree trappers in the Chapais-Chibougamau area are facing hundreds of dollars in fines if they use snowmobile trails that cut across their traplines. A Waswanipi trapper got a $500 fine recently while going to his trapline. If he doesn’t pay, he can lose his driver’s license and the fine could go ... read more ››

The National Great Outdoor Show 2001

The first thing you notice about the Great Outdoor Show is that it is held indoors. Once you get your head around that small detail you are free to delve into an exhibition that boasts some 600 exhibitors all eager to show you their wares. A small but vital team ... read more ››

Mistissini Elects Chief

Mistissini has elected a new chief. John Longchap got 335 votes, or 40 percent of the total 837 cast. Next were Kenny Blacksmith (212 votes), Kathleen Wootton (204) and George Blacksmith (73). Longchap will serve a 11/2-year term.

One Native-One Vote — The Debate Starts

A big debate is getting under way about the future of the Assembly of First Nations. The result may spark a revolution in Aboriginal government and even reshape Canada’s system of federalism. The debate is about how to elect the National Chief of the AFN. At present, he is elected by about ... read more ››

O.J. Soccer Team Shines

The Waapihtiiwewan Elementary Boys’ Soccer Team from Ouje-Bougoumou won second place in the mini-soccer tournament in Whapmagoostui, held Feb. 15 to 17. An assembly was held at the school upon their return, to recognize the students’ achievement and encourage them to continue striving to succeed. At the assembly, the players were introduced, ... read more ››

Interesting Question

In the winter of 1999 and 2000, I joined the “Journey Through the Heart of Eeyou Istchee.” Walking for a great part of the day, I had a lot of time to think and to reflect. Last year when I was on “the journey,” somewhere between Chisasibi and Waskaganish, I was ... read more ››