Volume 10, Issue 10

Cree Cirrhosis Gene Discovered

Researchers at Montreal’s Ste-Justine Hospital have determined the gene responsible for causing the specific type of cirrhosis that affects Cree people. The gene, named cirhin, took four years to isolate. “Because we couldn’t find the cause of the disease and we knew it was genetic, we looked for that,” says the ... read more ››

Discovering Europe

There are two things that I like to do very much. I like to write and I love to travel. My writing allows me to share my stories and my travelling provides me with learning experiences. It has been difficult to make many of the decisions I have had to make ... read more ››

Five New Cop Stations

The Kativik Regional Police Force is pleased to announce the opening of five new police stations in Nunavik. The police station in Kangiqsualujjuaq was formally accepted on March 20, while the new police stations in Umiujaq, Puvirnituq, Akulivik and Quaqtaq were finished and formally accepted earlier in 2003. These new facilities ... read more ››

Geeks r Us

My sister and I have a long running joke about who is the bigger geek. I keep telling her that since I am older that makes me Queen of the geeks. She can have my title when I pass over or when I am too old and beyond geekiness to ... read more ››

Happy 75th Birthday Boyce

Recently on March 21, Boyce Richardson celebrated his 75th birthday. He is a man I consider to be a non-native Elder for me in the south and I have talked to him both by phone and by email. His insights are as sharp as ever. It is great to be ... read more ››

Kid Koala – Lifting Your Spirits

There is something really amazing about the ability to speak in volumes without saying a word. Eric San, a.k.a. Kid Koala, manages to achieve that with everything he does. A DJ by profession, he is a master scratcher on the turntable and now also a published author with his new ... read more ››

Literary Comics at Blue Met

The Blue Metropolis literary organizers really know how to vary the program so there’s something for everybody in the community of readers. The festival welcomes famous and emerging writers from Quebec, Canada, and from all over the world. There are lots of happenings for students and benefits and activities to promote literacy ... read more ››

New Training Centre For Crees

Flush with $18.3 million in provincial funding, the Cree School Board (CSB) is preparing to open a regional Vocational Training Centre. The 4,000-square-metre centre will be located in Waswanipi, with the construction slated to begin this spring. There is a target date for full operation set for September of 2004. There will ... read more ››

On War and Peace

One thing that I have never really been interested in was the aspect of war. In my lifetime, the number of wars have always seemed to involve the Americans in one way or another, the Vietnam war, the Panama skirmish, the Grenada experience, the backing of the Afghanistan revolution against ... read more ››

Responses to the Letter on Encouraging Self Sufficiency By Way of Meaningful Self-Governance

Letter 1 First, I would like to encourage youths to write and express your concerns with your education in our communities. It is a healthy attitude to partake in your destiny especially something as important as education. As an elementary vice principal and a former high school teacher, I can understand ... read more ››

Ryan Weistche, Next NHL Hopeful

Described as “a pleasant surprise” and a “diamond in the rough,” Ryan Weistche is the next Cree NHL hopeful to look out for. Now 20, he’s been skating on ponds around his home in Waskaganish since he was two-and-a-half years old, but only began playing organized hockey four years ago. He ... read more ››

Surprises at Montreal Governance Hearing

The Canadian government’s Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs must be learning to expect the unexpected. In Montreal last week for hearings on Bill C-7, Indian Affairs Minister Robert Nault’s Governance Act, MPs on the committee might have expected the demonstrations that followed hearings in other parts of the country. Despite heavy ... read more ››