Volume 6, Issue 13

90% of Quebecers want ban on large clearcuts

Nine in 10 Quebecers want a ban on large-scale clearcuts, according to a survey forthe newspaper Le Devoir. The survey of 1,013 people found 87.1 per cent say Quebec “should stop the current methods of exploitation of the public forests, especially large-scale clearcuts.” Only 12.9 per cent don’t share this opinion. That’s ... read more ››

Cry of the old wild goose

Tonight I heard the wild goose cry Hangin’ north in the lonely sky Tried to sleep, it warn’t no use ‘cause I am a brother to the old wild goose (Cry Of the Wild Goose by Frankie Laine. Song was #1 for two weeks in 1950.) Yep, that’s me the first night I’m back in ... read more ››

Ex-minister accused of molesting minor

SQ ARRESTS FORMER WASWANIPI REVEREND IN CHAPAIS William Presnail, the former Anglican reverend of Waswanipi, was arrested in Chapais April 28 on a charge of sexually assaulting a minor. A 16-year-old Chapais boy filed a sexual-assault complaint against Presnail on April 27 with the Sûreté du Québec. The alleged incident took place ... read more ››

Finger-licking good

Well it has finally happened, everyone In Attawapiskat can actually just walk down the street and pick up Kentucky Fried Chicken or a pizza from Pizza Hut. If you are a First Nation person you understand how we Crees love our Kentucky Fried Chicken. Up to now this was one ... read more ››

Four Cree Officers Honoured

Four Cree police officers were honoured with awards at a Quebec City conference on policing by the province’s First Nations. Sam House of Chisasibi and Reggie Bobbish, who works with the CRA in Nemaska, Waskaganish’s Jim Hester and David Kakabat of Wemindji won the Aboriginal Police Community Service medals. The medal was ... read more ››

GAMBLING – Take it, shake it

Gambling fever has become a plague across Indian land. For some communities gambling on reservations has become a profitable economic venture. Gambling establishments such as casinos and bingo halls are becoming as visible as huge food chain stores. Gambling’s seemingly innocent nature attracts the unaware gambler to its mystery. This insidious ... read more ››

Kungfu club wins big

The Chisasibi Kung Fu School kicked butt at the 19th Annual Quebec World Open Karate Championships in Quebec City, posting its best results ever. School members came home with 17 trophies, plaques and medals. A total of 40 Chisasibi residents went on the roadtrip via the Cree Nation Bus. And now the winners… White ... read more ››

Poaching and overkill

First I would like to commend you all on your valiant efforts in keeping your magazine on the stands (despite all of the nasty publicity its been getting – not that I’ve listened to any of them, or believed any of it or heaven forbid participate in the talks). Keep ... read more ››

Quebec slammed on diabetes “timebomb”

Calling the diabetes epidemic a ticking “timebomb,” Cree officials slammed the Quebec government for ignoring warnings about the health crisis for years. They were responding to a new study that found Crees have one of the world’s highest diabetes rates. “It’s quite shocking to me,” said Bill Namagoose, executive director of ... read more ››


Sam Bosum is the new chief of Ouje-Bougoumou. He was elected on April 30 with 58 per cent of the vote, or 140 of 241 valid ballots. Louise Wapachee, the incumbent chief, gathered 71 votes, or 29 per cent. In third place was Joseph Shecapio-Blacksmith, who was one of Wapachee’s most ... read more ››

Too many of my plans never seem to pan out.

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans.” John Lennon Too many of my plans never seem to pan out. My life plan when I was younger was that by age 35, maybe even 30 if I was lucky, I would have my own house with the proverbial white picket fence, ... read more ››

What’s the dealio?

Hydro-Quebec is pushing a partnership deal with the Crees on its proposed $2-billion-plus Rupert-Eastmain hydro-electric project. Here’s what the project would look like. The facts of the deal Cost: $2.2 to $2.8 billion (depending on which of the two variants is chosen) How much would be flooded by the proposed EM-1 reservoir: 624 ... read more ››