Volume 5, Issue 9

“No Dam Way.” Inhu tell Bouchard

It wasn’t too long ago that Premier Lucien Bouchard was going around saying that no hydro projects will be built without the consent of the First Nations. This month, Bouchard experienced what has been called the most humiliating moment of his career when Innu protesters disrupted his announcement of the $ ... read more ››

$15M Cree-Quebec deal under fire

The $15-million-dollar deal between the Crees and Quebec has come under criticism again. This time by Dr. Ted Moses, Cree ambassador and federal negotiator. “I believe that, as drafted, it raises a number of serious concerns,” wrote Moses. Moses was critical of part of the deal that says the Crees agree to ... read more ››


As you are probably aware, the WFN is in the process of mapping out and defining our traditionalterritory. Once this is done, a statement will follow declaring ourselves as a people and formallyreaffirming our rights over the extent of our territory (those that Quebec and Canada claim wereextinguished in 1975). ... read more ››

1996 recommendations of the Eeyou Estchee (ISTCHEE) Commission (EEC)

As you are probably aware, the WFN is in the process of mapping out and defining our traditionalterritory. Once this is done, a statement will follow declaring ourselves as a people and formallyreaffirming our rights over the extent of our territory (those that Quebec and Canada claim wereextinguished in 1975). ... read more ››

A Job Well Done By All

It’s Day 16 or so of the Ice Storm Crisis. Thousands of people are still without power in some areas.You might have noticed you’re getting one issue of The Nation on top of another. This is because ourproduction office was without power for most of the time, but we’re back ... read more ››

Ancestral journey: Journey to wellness

This story is from a student at Mistissini Adult Education. As you may know by now, Natives were said to have a lot of alcohol-related problems. But sooner or later, these people will want to quit living in this kind of lifestyle. So where do they go for help? They go ... read more ››

Apologies to “Les Renards”

Last October, I wrote an article in The Nation about the Cree Nation Bears tournament where I said the “Cree Nation Bears” were the “first Cree hockey team to join a structured league.” Well, well, history caught up with me and I am writing today to apologize to THE TRUE FIRST ... read more ››

Be the power!

Native people in Arizona are busy fighting off corporate buzzards, religious nuts and governmentsluggos who are trying to take their land. Under seige is the area of Big Mountain, home to the Dineh and Hopi peoples in northeast Arizona. Learn more about their story at an evening organized by Indigenous Peoples International ... read more ››

Big Bonuses for Beaudoin’s Beau

A HIGH-LEVEL QUEBEC CIVIL SERVANT married to Culture Minister Louise Beaudoin may have received questionable payments from an international agency based in Quebec City, according to documents obtained by The Nation. Francois Dorlot, married to Beaudoin for 25 years, may have violated government rules when he approved payments to himself of ... read more ››

Cabinet approves deal with Crees

Chief Billy Diamond brought some good news to the Council/Board meeting March 19th in Montreal. The day before, the government of Quebec authorized minister Guy Chevrette to sign the$15-million Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Crees. In a letter, Chevrette thanks Diamond for “the work you have done during the negotiations.” Quebecalso ... read more ››

Cambior disaster “preventable”

The Cambior cyanide disaster in Guyana was a “preventable accident,” according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency document deposed at Quebec Superior Court. Cambior has demanded a permanent injunction against a Montreal group that is helping the thousands of mostly Native victims of the mass cyanide spill. In its defense, the group ... read more ››

Chill, bloods and ofays

A truly wild pair of books came our way not too long ago, the Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang. In total, it’s 1,700 pages of all the English slang ever used in America spanning the last 300 years, divided into three backbreaking volumes. The last volume covers words beginning P ... read more ››

CNC welcomes back an old hand

Richard Saunders is the new interim Chairman of the Cree-Naskapi Commission until Judge Paul returns to duty. Saunders was a former commissioner from 1986 to 1992. He readily admitted there is a backlog in the Commission’s responses to complaints because there weren’t any commissioners for a while. Saunders said the backlog ... read more ››

cree@large (January 1, 1998)

Friend and foe know him as “Sonny.” Others, or professional acquaintances, not aware ofhis usually sunny disposition, may remember him as Sidney Orr, Sidney Snowboy or even Sidney OrrSnowboy. Sonny’s life reflects his many names. He’s been, at one time or another and in no particularorder: an athlete, a baker, a ... read more ››

cree@large (March 27, 1998)

He’s armed with a booming voice inherited from his dad, but his attitude’s filled with a healthy disrespect for authority. Freelance radio journalist Christopher Stephen can sometimes be heard weekdays at the ungodly hour of 7:10 in the morning on CBC’s Winshgaoug and Eyou Dibajimoon at noon. He kickstarts the ... read more ››

Daishowa SLAPP slapped

David Suzuki has lent his voice to support the Lubicon Lake Crees. “The boreal forest in Alberta has been essentially given away to companies like Mitsubishi and Daishowa for $1.40 per ton of pulp which on the market will bring $900,” said Suzuki. “We have this ludicrous situation of a multinational company ... 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 ››

Entrepreneurial Series Part Five The Ultimate Entrepreneurial Resource Guide

The Wave of The Future – Entrenpreneurship Aboriginal companies are a dynamic and growing presence in Canada’s economy. There are over 20,000 Aboriginal businesses in Canada, active in every sector of the economy. Are you ready to be part of this team? No doubt about it, you got what it takes. Just do it! These ... read more ››

Francois Dorlot: international man of mystery

Francois Dorlot, married to Louise Beaudoin for 25 years, is a man with a past. Now a high-level Quebec civil servant, he first came to public attention in 1965 during the trial of members of a Quebec revolutionary cell that, along with the Black Liberation Front, had decided to blow up ... read more ››

Getting Ready for Valentine’s Day

This year, show your honey how much you love him/her by serving these heart-smart recipes at acandlelight dinner for two. Low-Fat Lasagna Ingredients: 1/2 lb lean ground beef 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp pepper 1 Tbsp flour Breadcrumbs 1 Tbsp mL olive oil 1/2 onion, chopped 18 oz. can crushed tomatoes 1 tsp oregano Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/2 ... read more ››

Hydro ignored lessons of the past

Premier Bouchard and Hydro-Quebec say the Ice Storm Disaster was impossible to foresee and prepare for. But we did get a warning. A wild storm lashed into the Lanaudiere region east of Montreal at the same time last year, the beginning of January. The 1997 storm dropped 50 mm of frozen ... read more ››

Ice show to feature Elizabeth Manley

Canadian figure skating champion Elizabeth Manley will be the special guest skater at the upcomingice show to be put on by the Chisasibi Skating Club in April. Manley is the last female skater to win any world or Olympic medal for Canada. Also performing will be members of the club from the ... read more ››

Issue No. 5: Issues with reject to regional authorities

Contents The James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (jBNQA) created or contemplated a large number of organisms, authorities, committees or institutions devoted to allowing for the implementation of its provisions. It is the opinion of Quebec and the Crees that the time has come to review the status, vocation, operations and even ... read more ››

Long Ago…

Edward is my name. Edward Gilpin. I am 75 years old. Long ago, I didn’t see extreme hardship. There was never a day when I didn’t eat. But my mother, she was the one who told stories. She was raised inland. She told of the stories of when she was there. There ... read more ››

Pisces (Feb 19-March 20) Change is in the air.

Pisces (Feb 19-March 20) Change is in the air. However, you are feeling ignored and unwanted. But cheer up “sushi” we still love ya. You are headed in a new direction. There is also a possibility of new romance. Keep those hawk eyes peeled. Aries (March 21-April 19) You are feeling ... read more ››

Racing updates

CCMQ News from the racing world. The crowd in Mistissini saw an action-packed program at the community’s Sno-Cross/Cross-Coun-try Camoplast Championship. For two days, racers competed on a course where a lack of snow made the going sluggish. Two “spectacular” accidents slowed the program the first day, reported Le Sentinelle of Chibougamau. Mistissini ... read more ››

Reaching Out Crees send relief mission to South Shore

Cree communities in James Bay are working hand-in-hand with non-Native towns in the North to sendhelp to Montreal-area residents hit by the ice storm. Hundreds of volunteers came forward in Mistissini to chop trees into firewood, load it onto trucks fortransport to the south, donate their own winter wood supplies and ... read more ››

Rez Notes

Travel and vacations shouldn’t be just about fine white sand beaches with crashing blue waves, swim up bars with cold pina coladas and nudist Quebecers. Vacations should also be about the country and its people. Good or bad. Long before I, and even Pope Juan Pablo II, set foot on and ... read more ››

Sports drinks: yes OR no?

Sports drinks like Gatorade are as harmless as they are useless. At least that’s what Dr.Francois Peronnet, of the physical education dept, at the University of Montreal, believes.Athletes engaging in exceptional and sustained physical effort, like Ironman triathletes, mayneed a sodium supplement, he says, but sports drinks are made mostly ... read more ››

The Judas Goat

As I am writing this, events are happening. All of the Cree entities and organizations listed below and more might be examined by both Quebec and the Crees with a view to possibly abolishing some, merging others and maybe changing a few mandates here and there. At the heart of the ... read more ››

Was aging HQ network the weak link?

Hydro-Quebec and Premier Lucien Bouchard are under the gun for the handling (or mishandling) of the Storm of the Century. The Nation has obtained information that suggests Hydro-Quebec’s power system may have disintegrated so quickly because it was propped up by aging, outdated towers, some so old they should have been ... read more ››

Water debate warms up

Opposition is growing to Quebec’s plan of selling water to the U.S. A coalition of unions, environmentalists and other groups denounced a recent symposium organized bythe Quebec government on making money off water. They say the government is hiding what it’s doingand stifling public debate. On the table is the idea of ... read more ››

We must be one of the luckiest nations in the entire universe.

We must be one of the luckiest nations in the entire universe. At least in terms of health care andwhatever else we enjoy for free. But that doesn’t mean these services should… for lack of a betterword… suck the way they do. I’m sure you’ve heard and probably have a ... read more ››

What colour is your snowmobile?

A strange letter arrived at Polaris Canada headquarters in Winnipeg. An anonymous Chibougamau resident was writing to complain of “a problem” atthe local Polaris franchise, which was taken over by the Ouje-Bougoumou First Nation. The resident described him/herself as a “fans” of Polaris for “a good dozen years until the Indians ... read more ››

What is your resolution for 1998?

George L. Diamond “This year I’m not quitting anything. I’m just going to do more things.That’s my resolution.” Freddie Jolly “Not to feast too much.” (gained 16 pounds over the holidays!) Terry Beauregard “Stop smoking and taking care of my health. Exercise.” Gertie Murdoch “Save a tree, Scrap the Nation.” George Trapper “Stop smoking.” (Smoked ... read more ››

Your Horrorscope

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) Happy Birthday Aquarius. According to astral charts everything should be hunky-dory. But hey, let’s get real. You’re dealing with Thelma & Louise here and things are not always what they seem. Still scratching your frontal lobe for any sensation? Wondering why Santa left you a piece ... read more ››