Volume 10, Issue 5

21st Anniversary Cree Nation Invitational Tournament 2002

December 5,6,7,8, 2002 – Val d’Or With the advent of the Tommy James Foundation Tournament that was first held in early 1980s, many Aboriginal Nations have come together to take part as players representing their respective communities or as spectators to join the excitement that the prestigious event brings from year ... read more ››

Caniapiscau to be Exclusive?

A non-native outfitter is asking for the exclusive access to fish along the Caniapiscau River and has already been given the go ahead by the Cree. The outfitter, Club Chambeaux, has been in existence for over 50 years. They first put in a request for exclusive access in 1993 to ... read more ››

Cree Legal Eagles Join Bigger Flock

The legal team of the James Bay Cree for the last quarter century is joining with a high-powered Montreal law firm. Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Gowlings) has announced that Mainville & Associates were signed up effective December 2, 2002. Robert Mainville is joining Gowlings as a partner. Mainville practices mainly in ... read more ››

Experiments With Truth

Do you think that truth exists with a capital T, that there is some truth that cannot possibly be an untruth? This is a question that has baffled philosophers since the beginning of time. The pages of history are loaded with truths, about the world and the human condition, that have ... read more ››

Fighting Whities Inspire Imitators

The hottest ticket in U.S. college basketball this season might turn out to be a match between the Fighting Whities and the North American Stealers. The pride of the University of Northern Colorado, the Whities won only two games in their intramural basketball league last year, but their idea of turning ... read more ››

How Do I Love Thee…?

Ted Moses is singing the praises of the Quebec government in a European tour with PQ cabinet minister. The Globe and Mail’s Lysiane Gagnon reports that French journalists were stunned by Moses’ warm words for the Quebec government. For years, she writes, aboriginal leaders toured the world, routinely accusing Canada of ... read more ››

Local Heroes

Recently I had the opportunity to watch a great little video dedicated to John Mercier of Porcupine, Timmins who served the Whitney Volunteer Fire Department for 40 years. The video really captured the Johnny that I have come to know over the past few years. It made me feel lucky ... read more ››

Maamuitaau Wins Award at Native Film Festival

CBC North Television’s weekly Cree language news magazine, Maamuitaau, was a big winner at the prestigous Native America Film and Television Alliance in Los Angeles, California on December 8th, 2002. The winning entry, entitled Albert’s Fish: Will Anyone Listen, was produced by CBC Maamuitaau’s Jeff Dorn and journalist Abel Rabbitskin. The ... read more ››

One Beautiful Word

On the south shore of Montreal lies the Kahnawake Mohawk reserve. Although there are numerous economic ventures and places to socialize on the reserve, there is one thing sorely lacking. A library. A library is one of the most important aspects in helping a child further his or her education, along ... read more ››

Robbie Robertson to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The 14 winners of the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards were announced with rock legend Robbie Robertson receiving the lifetime achievement award. Other winners included CBC’s Dead Dog Cafe writer Tom King for literature, two physicians, an Alberta oilman, a University of Victoria legal scholar, and eight other prominent achievers from ... read more ››

Secwepemc Elders Found Not Guilty

Aboriginal activists left a Kamloops, BC, court house jubilant Jan. 10: a judge found elders Irene Billy and Charlie Willard of the Secwepemc Nation not guilty of contempt of court for refusing to leave their land at Skwelkwelk’welt. Also present was Lawrence Pascal of the neighboring St’at’imc Nation who was ... read more ››

Some Imprisoned, Some Released – BC Courts Look at Neskonlith Protesters Against Sun Peaks Ski Resort Expansion

The courts in British Columbia seem in the last few weeks to have been heading in contradictory directions in regard to the Neskonlith campaign against the expansion of the Ski Peaks resort. In one decision a [provincial court has imprisoned four Shuswap protesters, making them, in Chief Arthur Manuel’s words, ... read more ››

Tired of Being Poor

I’m going to say things that will probably make many of my friends teed off at me, but I don’t care right now. I’m tired of being poor. I want to make money and lots of it so I don’t have to work when I’m older and still have time to ... read more ››

Water is at Risk, Climate Study Finds

Global warming could wreak havoc with Canada’s prized freshwater supply over the next 100 years, sapping some of the country’s hydroelectric power potential, lowering lake levels and paving the way for more severe drought, a new report says. The paper from Natural Resources Canada details a horror show of potential problems ... read more ››