Category: In Memory

An eloquent and dangerous voice – remembering John Trudell

No one can claim that John Trudell led a charmed life. His was an interesting life and he lived it well. How many people have had a song written about them while in the prime of their lives. Who of us has been described as “extremely eloquent, and therefore very ... read more ››

Homage to Gerti Murdoch

Gertie Murdoch The Cree-Quebec Judicial Advisory Committee and the Cree Nation Government Department of Justice and Correctional Services would like to express their condolences to the family of Gerti (Diamond) Murdoch, of the Cree Nation of Waskaganish, and to all who had the opportunity to work with her. She was someone who ... read more ››

In Memory of Philip Bosum

In Memory of Philip Bosum September 9, 1918 – May 6, 2008 On behalf of our dear mother Sarah and the rest of the Bosum family, I would like to thank everyone who prayed for our late father Philip, and who shared our grief. Special thanks to Louise Neeposh and her mother Catherine ... read more ››

Special Tribute to Andrew Moar

The Nemaskau Eenouch and Eenou Nation has lost one of its most beloved and respected members in a sudden and tragic circumstance. Friend, councillor, mentor and Elder Andrew Moar died May 25, 2007. Many will each remember Andrew in their own unique and special way and how he touched our lives. ... read more ››

Katherine Ottereyes: Waswanipi has lost one of their own

Katherine Ottereyes July 25th 1946 – March 20th 2007 The sun was warm and bright on that spring morning when a loud noise directed my attention to a chickadee that had unfortunately flew directly into our kitchen window and now lay down on the balcony. I picked up the little being in ... read more ››

Charlie Brien: a pathfinder

Charlie Brien was one of the first Crees to choose an untraditional career and combine it with his traditional Cree values and way of life. He chose to do this by starting one of the first Cree-owned businesses in Mistissini. In those days, grants and loans to Crees to start businesses ... read more ››

Eulogy: Tom Webb of Chisasibi 1933-2004

One month ago, we found out our Dad’s stomach cancer had returned and this time there was nothing that could be done. When he was diagnosed again it was almost a relief for him. He had been sick for a while but he never complained. Now he finally knew what ... read more ››

Obituary: Walter Hughboy 1946-2004

Walter James Hughboy lost the fight against cancer on April 2, 2004 at 11:00 p.m. at the Ottawa General Hospital. He left this world peacefully, and did not suffer long. Hughboy was born November 11, 1946 at Poplar River, 30 km south of Wemindji. He is survived by wife Deborah Hawken, ... read more ››

A Tribute to a Co-Worker, Friend, Uncle and Father – Peter John Gull – June 10, 1943 – June 18, 2003

In the late 1970’s during and shortly after the relocation project of the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi, it became quite evident that with the development of the community and the population growth that the community would require some type of an economic base. It was during these years that ... read more ››

Reginald Moses: Rest in Peace

Reginald Moses, the son of Grand Chief Ted Moses passed away in Nemaska on Saturday August 9. Reports say he died of complications from an undiagnosed diabetes condition. The funeral was held Thursday, August 13 in Eastmain. Reginald at one time worked at the airport in Eastmain and was a talented ... read more ››

Telebec Proposes Rate Hikes

A recent public document obtained by the Nation contains proposed rate increases for basic phone service in the James Bay region. The document, dated July 6, 2001, was submitted to the CRTC by Telebec. The phone company has proposed rate increases to take place over the next two years for ... read more ››

Nation Interview: Deputy Grand Chief Matthew Mukash

Deputy Grand Chief Mukash was one of the instrumental people involved the campaign to save the Great Whale River from hydro-electric development back in the early nineties. He is also a past chief of Whapmagoostui. What are some of your earliest memories of Whapmagoostui? The place was practically barren of buildings. There ... read more ››

White Everywhere

My brother, White intruders stormed our community last night, they swept in by the air, blocked our roads, stilled our waters – what could we do but retreat into the familiarity of our homes. It was unexpected and certainly unwelcome. The great grey one in our home had to arm himself ... read more ››

Recovery from Grief

There was a time in my life that I missed. I feel that I need to share my story to be of help to those that are in need of support. I went through a long grieving process when I lost my father, November 9, 1987 and my mother, January ... read more ››

“Goodbye, Mavis – We Love You”

Mavis Verronneau, the Cree Health Board’s loving diabetes coordinator, passed away from illness on Saturday, February 19 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal. She was diagnosed with cancer last August. Mavis, a diabetes educator and nurse, had dedicated her life to helping people with diabetes. In her earlier years, she started ... read more ››

Thank you message to all people in Chisasibi from Juliet and Clifford Bearskin.

This is something we had wanted to do after the goose-break and we thank the Creator who has made things possible for all of us; that things went well and that we are d together again in the community. At this time, we wish to express great gratitude to the people ... read more ››

Losing someone hurts

In loving memory of my late grandmother, Hellen Jolly, who passed away on November 11, 1994, at the age of 83. She lived in Nemaska. She had 53 grandchildren as well as three sisters and three brothers. Many knew her as a close friend. To me she was a special grandmother, almost ... read more ››