Volume 8, Issue 19

30 Days to Chill Out

The Assembly of First Nations and the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development have agreed to 30-day “cooling-off” period during which the government will suspend consultations on changes to the Indian Act. The month-long time-out comes in the wake of last month’s Halifax assembly, where roadblocks were threatened should the ... read more ››

Action plan

I’ve read the news and seen it a bit on television. We are prepared to block all roads if necessary; to halt whatever is wrong or bad until we see something in the line of positive action. It’s really using a negative action against a negative action to produce a ... read more ››

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Jumshums and Gookooms from the Cree Nation, Eeyou Istchee,

We write this today, as we leave Eeyou Istchee. We first came to Chisasibi in July 1991. I proposed marriage to my wife that Summer, at Fort George Island. There are many strong emotions going through our hearts. We feel the sadness of leaving behind so much warmth and friendship, ... read more ››


The first Gathering of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador’s (AFNQL) youth will be held in August of 2001. Between three hundred fifty and five hundred young delegates and observers from all of our communities, from Quebec Native Women and from urban centers will get together to share their ... read more ››

First Nations Reject New Government Round-de-lay, Designed to Strip Them of Their Rights

When I first began writing about Aboriginal people in Canada in 1968, the federal government had just concluded one of its periodic “consultations” with “the Indians” that had taken them two years, and had resulted in the publication of 25 or 30 big red books. In these books were printed, ... read more ››

Fleury on the Mend

Theo Fleury has issued his first public comments since taking a sudden leave from the New York Rangers last February to check himself into a rehab program. The 5-foot-6-inch all-star winger, who is known for playing like he’s 6-foot-5, is now on the road to recovery after months of treatment ... read more ››

Inter-Tribal Youth Center 1st Anniversary

It’s been a difficult year but the one-year celebration said it all. You could feel that the youth knew they have survived and will continue to be a vibrant part of the Montreal urban Native community. The events began a bit late because there were a few important people missing. ... read more ››

Remembering My Mooshom

One of the fondest memories I have of growing up in Attawapiskat is of my grandfather, James Kataquapit, who lived with our family for a few years when I was a young boy. We called him Mooshom, which is the Cree word for grandfather. Before he came to our home, Mooshom ... read more ››

Survival of the Fittest – The Cree Nation Fitness Challenge

Every year the Cree community of Nemaska hosts on the Cree Nation Fitness Challenge. This is the third year they have done so and Crees come from all over Eeyou Istchee to take part in this health lifestyle event. It is a grueling challenge and is seen as the place ... read more ››

Telebec Proposes Rate Hikes

A recent public document obtained by the Nation contains proposed rate increases for basic phone service in the James Bay region. The document, dated July 6, 2001, was submitted to the CRTC by Telebec. The phone company has proposed rate increases to take place over the next two years for ... read more ››

Uashat-Maliotenam Band Election Uproar

It was a close election With Chief Rosario Pinette defeating Elie Jaques with only 33 votes on July 31, 2001. The vote was contested and violence epurted in the community. Two nights nights in a row seen what police called alcohol fueled rampages. Estimated damages to band buildings and businesses totaled ... read more ››

World Racism Conference

South Africa will be hosting the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance at the end of this month. The theme of the conference, scheduled to run from August 31 to September 7 in the city of Durban, is “United to Combat Racism: Equality, Dignity, Justice.” The nation ... read more ››

You Gotta Wonder

Let me see, Minster Nault of Indian Affairs puts a little Indian Band into third party management but that’s because it has problems, not because he’s getting back at them for criticizing his administration. And recently Indian Affairs denied that the $5 million that they cut to the Assembly of First ... read more ››