Volume 3, Issue 6

Cree Construction on deadly ground

Cree Construction may get more than it bargained for as it embarks on a major road-construction project halfway around the world in the jungles of the Philippines. Experts on the Philippines say the road will snake through the middle of one of the world’s deadliest guerrilla wars, which pits three major ... read more ››

David Zell: Diamond in the rough

While on a recent trip to Kahnawake, we stopped in to see what local jeweler David Zell had to offer in the way of Native jewelry. Zell currently fixes jewelry from all over, including Wemindji, Chisasibi and Eastmain just to name a few places. From Cree hands to Mohawk and back ... read more ››


Like most indigenous peoples living on the Philippines island of Mindanao, the Higaonon people used to live in the coastal lowlands. Constantly driven by developers into the forests, the Higaonon eventually made homes in the jungles and mountains of the island’s interior. But even there, their communities were threatened. In the 1960s, ... read more ››

Hockey Players Depend on Support of Friends and Family

This article was written by the Chisasibi Minor Hockey and Broomball Committee, a group of parents and volunteers who try to help minor atheletes achieve their goals both inside and outside the community. There’s a lot of Chisasibi kids out there working hard to fufill their hockey dreams. The road for ... read more ››

Hydro “too much”

Hydro-Quebec has provoked the ire of the new Natural Resources Minister, Guy Chevrette, by asking for a 4.7-percent increase in electricity rates. “It appears to me to be fairly high, thank you. It forces me as a minister to question Hydro-Quebec closely,” said Chevrette. “At a time when the state is bleeding ... read more ››

Interview with ABEL KITCHEN

Alex Roslin: You have followed the different questions people have raised over forestry in Waswanipi for a long time – the sawmill, clearcutting, the new road proposed by Domtar. What are your thoughts on these problems? Abel Kitchen: Many years ago when I was chief, we did a lot of these ... read more ››

Interview with Glenna Matoush

Ojibway artist Glenna Matoush works with materials, texture and colour in a way that combines the influence of traditional Native crafts sensibility with a sensitivity to light, colour and movement. Glenna’s art cannot be categorized as subjective or abstract, objective or representational and embraces an environmental reality. Her work is ... read more ››

Racism complaints cost assembly: Crees seek united front on development

How to reconcile jobs with the environment? How to get Cree control over development so the hunting and trapping way of life can be preserved? Crees will be pondering those questions at a special assembly of the Cree Nation on forestry and other development projects, to be held in Ouje-Bougoumou Feb. ... 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 ››


Well, I didn’t expect the response I got to my last editorial about the moneymaking possibilities of adopting non-Natives who are trying to avoid taxes. It’s been mixed. Someone pointed out that the rich folks out there also have tons of connections in the business and political structure of this country ... read more ››

SPECIAL WAYS TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY [MEN PAY ATTENTION TOO: your girlfriend/wife will read this too and will expect you to fulfill at least one of her Valentine’s dreams!

MEN Wine (or flowers for dry communities) and chocolates; Rose petals thrown on the bed & chocolate kisses on her pillow; Soft, relaxing, romantic music; Tell your woman you think she is beautiful, and explain why (personality counts too, not just her physical attributes); Spend time with her and her alone – no TV, no ... read more ››

The Raid is on

The official team list for the 1996 Raid des Braves has now been finalized. The Cree teams are… Duff Team de Radisson (Brian, Gary and Barry Duff) Chisasibi Team (Brian Bearskin, Archie Moar, Reginald Sam) Team Waswanipi (Don Saganash, Marcel Gull, Peter Longchap) Pimpichuu Team of Mistissini (Larry MacLeod, Stanley Mianscum, Abel Mianscum) Eastmain Team ... read more ››

War of words over separation

The Canadian government is finally taking an official stand supporting the partition of Quebec should it go independent. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and a top federal minister announced in late January that Cree and other territories that strongly want to stay in Canada can do so if Quebec leaves. “The basic ... read more ››

We are back and feeling much better about ourselves, thank you.

We are back and feeling much better about ourselves, thank you. We came very close to being inundated with submissions from people throughout Cree country. Thanks to all who took pity and came to the rescue. We will forever be grateful. But don’t stop there. Keep your eyes peeled and ... read more ››