Volume 6, Issue 19


We apologize to Joe Jolly, who was incorrectly mentioned in the Mistissini Gathering article last issue as Joe Whiskeychan.

Dead air in Great Whale after SQ letter

There is dead air in Whapmagoostui after a dispute over bingo licenses forced the community’s radio station off the air. The dispute has left other Cree stations and community groups scrambling to protect their main source of funding – bingos. The problems started last December when the Sûreté du Québec detachment in ... read more ››

Diabetes bike tour

Les Fontaine and three of his nephews are biking across Canada to raise awareness of diabetes among Native people. His nephews say this is a great way for them to spend their summer vacation, supporting a cause they believe in. It’s easy to see why they believe in this as Fontaine’s ... read more ››

Election season: a fun time for all!

Three closely watched community elections are drawing a lot of speculation. All eyes are on Waskaganish, where the word is Chief Billy Diamond is not running this time. Is he bowing out to run for Grand Chief or Deputy Grand Chief? That’s the rumour in band offices up and down the ... read more ››


First the ice storm – then came the bear. Hydro-Quebec has finally removed a deceased black bear from a hydro pole near Radisson, after leaving it to decay for a month in the hot summer weather. A Hydro-Quebec worker was finally sent up the pole to remove the dead bear on July ... read more ››

Mohawk takes gold at Pan-Am Games

Waneek Horn, of the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, and co-captain of the Canadian Women’s National Water Polo Team, helped lead her team to win a gold medal at the Pan American Games just held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They won all their games, along with the gold medal game against the United States ... read more ››

New constables sworn in

Five new special constables have been sworn in in Wemindji. For the first time in Iyiyuuschii, a municipal judge, Jacques Barbés of Val d’Or municipal court, presided over the ceremony. The new constables are Caroline Weapinicappo, Sara-Lee Shashaweskum, Bradley Georgekish, Sean Blackned and Wade Brett Atsynia.

Our friend

There comes a time in our lives when someone comes into our lives who makes our whole lives better just because he is your friend, a friend who listens, who comments but does not judge. Yet sometimes we are ignorant ourselves not to fully appreciate them when they are still ... read more ››

Our Rez Notes author is somewhere out in Whapmagoustui, we think…

Well, our Rez Notes author is somewhere out in Whapmagoustui, we think. Search parties have been sent out and we’ll capture him one way or another for the next issue. In the meantime here is some stuff we stole. We would mention what newspaper we stole it from but we ... read more ››

Permit? What permit?

First Nations across the province are largely ignoring Quebec’s bingo law, or they have found ways to get around it. In Kahnawake, the CKRK radio station has a defiant attitude toward the Quebec government’s bingo permits. “They can’t come into the territory to impose any licenses on us,” said Heather Bauersfeld, the ... read more ››

Plutonium would be Canada’s forever

The Canadian government is pushing hard behind closed doors to bring in highly radioactive plutonium from the U.S. and Russia. Senior Canadian officials have promised the United States that surplus plutonium from Russian and U.S. weapons used in Ontario nuclear reactors will remain in Canada forever. A government document indicates that if ... read more ››

The Crisis – Nine Years Later

Every year at this time we are reminded of the events of 1990. The news articles in local and national newspapers, the stories on the television news and the Spiritual Gathering in Kanehsatake all keep the memories of that year alive. In Kahnawake, our own Echoes of a Proud Nation ... read more ››

The Native Musician Survival Guide

A checklist for success This article is reprinted from Aboriginal Voices magazine. There is nothing more fulfilling in life than being a Native American musician. You fly with eagle wings when you’re onstage at the Native American outdoor music festival, strumming that guitar and belting out a tune straight from your aorta. ... read more ››

The other side of the table

I was nominated for the position of Deputy Grand Chief in Mistissini for this term’s election. I decided to accept and run for this position seriously. I have done so because I care about what has happened to the Cree people. I have spoken out on many issues, as I feel ... read more ››

The youth are out there…

Montreal hosted the 25th annual assembly of Canada’s 100-plus native friendship centres in July. The Nation’s own Will Nicholls, who is president of the Montreal friendship centre, was the hosting president. First Nations youth from across the country also came to Montreal at the same time to attend the 5th annual ... read more ››

Women’s shelter fundraiser a success

A night of fine cuisine featuring Arctic char and caribou was just what the doctor ordered for the Montreal Native Women’s Shelter. It was the launch of their “Circle of Friends” fundraising campaign on July 24. A special appearance was made by Claude MacKenzie of Kashtin. As usual he was a ... read more ››