Volume 8, Issue 9

Cree Blasts Quebec in Washington Newspaper

Crees are jumping into the U.S.-Canada trade dispute over softwood lumber with an ad in the influential Roll Call newspaper. “Wholesale export of Quebec’s forests into the U.S. market is destroying our Indian way of life,” says a headline in the full-page ad, which appeared this week. The ad says Quebec ... read more ››

Crees Going to UN After Court Setback

The Cree forestry court case has suffered a setback. The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear a Cree appeal of two Quebec court decisions on the Mario Lord forestry lawsuit. In response, the Grand Council of the Crees has decided to complain to the United Nations, saying Canada and ... read more ››

Going to the Dogs

My father Marius and many of the Elders in Attawapiskat have stories about the days when they used dog teams. I recall one story my dad told me. He awoke in the night to the sounds of his dogs barking. As he pushed back his heavy blanket he felt the cold ... read more ››

High Time to Change AFN: Chiefs

It’s time to democratize the AFN and let every community member vote for National Chief. That’s the message from a wide cross-section of local and regional chiefs across Canada. So far, media reports have focused mostly on the critics of the idea. But there are lots of enthusiastic supporters, too. “It will ... read more ››

Interesting Question

In the winter of 1999 and 2000, I joined the “Journey Through the Heart of Eeyou Istchee.” Walking for a great part of the day, I had a lot of time to think and to reflect. Last year when I was on “the journey,” somewhere between Chisasibi and Waskaganish, I was ... read more ››

Journey of Wellness

My dad went on a thirty day “journey of wellness” to find himself and to look at his life and to be a changed man. It was a hard, long, cold journey, but it was worth it. They walked everyday on snowshoes about ten to twelve kilometers a day. Altogether they ... read more ››

Looking for Answers in the Forest

Can forestry co-exist in harmony with the Cree hunting, trapping and fishing way of life? That’s the question they’re busy trying to answer at the Waswanipi Cree Model Forest. The project, created in 1997, is the only Aboriginal model forest in the Canadawide model forest program. It gets $500,000 in funds each ... read more ››

Mishtapew Gala

The festivities started at 5:50 p.m. with a champagne cocktail hour, a time to shmooze and see who was there. The meet and greet was well done and had a nice relaxed air except for some fool rushing around trying to make sure that all the interviews would fall into ... read more ››

Mistissini Elects Chief

Mistissini has elected a new chief. John Longchap got 335 votes, or 40 percent of the total 837 cast. Next were Kenny Blacksmith (212 votes), Kathleen Wootton (204) and George Blacksmith (73). Longchap will serve a 11/2-year term.

O.J. Soccer Team Shines

The Waapihtiiwewan Elementary Boys’ Soccer Team from Ouje-Bougoumou won second place in the mini-soccer tournament in Whapmagoostui, held Feb. 15 to 17. An assembly was held at the school upon their return, to recognize the students’ achievement and encourage them to continue striving to succeed. At the assembly, the players were introduced, ... read more ››

One Native-One Vote — The Debate Starts

A big debate is getting under way about the future of the Assembly of First Nations. The result may spark a revolution in Aboriginal government and even reshape Canada’s system of federalism. The debate is about how to elect the National Chief of the AFN. At present, he is elected by about ... read more ››

Show Me Da Munny

They say good business is where you find it. They also say that the three most important things in business are location, location, and location. If you manage to establish the right business in the right location you could be laughing all the way to the bank. Case in point, if ... read more ››

Zen and the Art of Mammon

Ever wonder what it takes to be a successful businessperson? Did you know that the odds of making a business success is formidable, with the odds that 99% of enterprises that get started fail within the first year and only 5% of that 1 % make it past five years? ... read more ››