Category: Letters

Thanks to the Nation

I do owe a debt of gratitude to the Nation for giving me my start in journalism and specifically to the author of this piece (Vol 16, Issue 15, Cleaning Up at the QCNA Awards), Lyle Stewart, who helped me the most to guide me along the way. I enjoyed working ... read more ››

Clarifying the Oujé-Bougoumou meetings

I read with interest the recent articles in The Nation (Vol 16, Issues 11 & 12, April 10 & 24, 2009) on the presentation at the end of March to the Oujé-Bougoumou people of the results of the risk assessment of metals released to the environment in the course of ... read more ››

Building a business despite exclusivity

Regarding the article “Exclusive Turf” (Vol. 16, Issue 10, March 27, 2009), you should correct the statement regarding the BuroPlus franchise store in Val-d’Or (Gyva). This operation holds the dealership for Lacasse office furniture and Mistissini, according to Lacasse, falls within the territory of the Val-d’Or BuroPlus store (Gyva). There ... read more ››

Get Your Facts Straight

I am writing in response to the recent comments made by the respected Boyce Richardson published in the Nation (Vol 16, Issue 10, March 27, 2009) and 9 Will Nicholls’) comments as editor-in-chief. Since your failure to return my telephone call, I have decided to write to you on this ... read more ››

Kick Out the Drug Dealers

In this letter, I will talk about what the drug dealers are doing to our children and especially to our people! Everyone knows what’s happening in our own backyards that drugs are escalating in our Cree communities! I know, because I am a recovering drug addict. I am getting tired of ... read more ››

To: The Editorial Board of the Nation

Regarding the article in the brief section of the Nation (Vol. 16, No. 10 March 27, 2009). Why does this magazine keep dragging the former Grand Chief Ted Moses through the mud. Is it because it’s election year for the Grand Council. Personally, this person is my best friend, was my Chief ... read more ››

Fond memories of a road trip

It was June 2000 when we set out on our journey to Toronto. Darren Stephen, Nolan Diamond, Travis Diamond, Fabian Hester and I travelled by float-plane to the Hydro station, where we piled into my little Ford station wagon. Fond memories of blasting Celine Dion and singing at the top ... read more ››

Cree Nation Trust

I am writing in response to the January 30, 2009 article entitled “Nest egg cracks” (Nation, Vol. 16, Issue 6). First off, although I spoke with Will Nicholls on several occasions and provided him with a copy of the Trust’s presentation to the December Council Board meeting, I was never ... read more ››

To my Grandmother

– Are you Cree? – Yes, I am. – Where are you from? – From Waswanipi. My mother is Jane Sagnash and my grandmother is Mary. Ghukum Mary. – Ohhh…of course. I know Ghukum Mary! Some of the Elders even tell me that they knew my grandfather. I feel pride when somebody tells me this, ... read more ››

Dear President Obama

We, the students, staff, teachers and administration of Ecole Wabannutao Eeyou School in the Cree Nation of Eastmain, Quebec, Canada, are delighted to be able to take this opportunity to congratulate you today. We would like you to know that your new administration with its focus on “Hope” and “Change”, as ... read more ››

On the Road to Victory

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer benefiting the Jewish General Hospital is a 60-km, two-day walk and is scheduled each summer in Montreal on August 23 and 24. This has been a great privilege for me and my husband to walk for the second time in this event. It is ... read more ››

OJ Toxins Debate – Abel Bosum: ‘Poison’ Story Is Speculative, Unprofessional and Inflammatory

I challenge the Nation to publish this letter in its entirety. Following the Nation’s recent editorializing about the heavy metal contamination in the Oujé-Bougoumou traditional territory where the author suggests that there is a cover up of information and that there is a lack of seriousness by the Cree leadership in ... read more ››

A Steady Reader from Sainte-Foy

Feedback: Don Burstick says, “you are a redskin if…” Well, I can tell you I read “everything” in the Nation and I am not the only white man to do so. But if I say I end up reading the classifieds and I live in Cap-Rouge, then I say my ... read more ››


It has been a long time since we have gotten so many letters here at the Nation concerning one subject that we decided that from now and until the Agreement deadline we would have a section set aside for your comments on the Agreement. I was told that perhaps some ... 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 ››

Dear Teddy:

Dear Teddy: I have just received your memo that was distributed widely regarding the ongoing Cree/Quebec negotiations. I am, with respect, disappointed and flabbergasted with the reaction and your letter. It is not based on the essential nature of the process which we have out in place with Quebec. I also ... read more ››

An Open Letter To Romeo Saganash

Dear Romeo, We heard the news. Congratulations, we believe, are in order. You’re one of the best and brightest of the Cree Nation and now we’ve heard you’re taking on a postition as one of the top advisors for the PQ. Nobody knew. Not even the chiefs. We found out ... read more ››

Message From George Coon

Just a short message to the following sponsors who have done a lot to keep me on the 1996 CCMQ Circuit. I just want you to know how much I appreciate your financial support. Without you I would not be able to attend all the 11 races I participated in ... read more ››

Role Model Citizens

Letter to The Nation: On December 18, 1995, at the Staffs Annual Christmas Party, we received a Role Model Citizen Certificate. This certificate has lifted our spirits, touched our hearts and also was a big inspiration in our lives. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Chief Abel, councillors and the ... read more ››

Letter to the Nation: We take trappers into account

The edition of February 1995 in The Nation paper gave some information which might be misleading to the Cree communities and also to any person who might be subscribing to the paper. Therefore, I felt it was appropriate and necessary to give additional and more precise information on the logging ... read more ››