Volume 11, Issue 4

A Sunday Drive

On a bright, cloudless day our family is preparing for a ride out onto the land. It is bitterly cold outside and the temperature has dropped to 30 below zero. Dad and our older brothers warm up our family’s two Bombardier Elan snow machines. They also haul two wooden toboggans ... read more ››

Essay Contest Winners

Overall Winner Abandoned By Connie Esau Secondary IV, Wiinibekuu School, Waskaganish This is a story not only about neglect but the feeling of being abandoned. This is a story about a young Cree girl who lived in Wemindji, Quebec. This traumatized young girl feels abandoned by her Dad. It was on a weekend of August 24th, 1997. ... read more ››

First Baby of 2004!!!

Chantal Bullfrog and John James Wapache of Whapmagoostui have the honour of being the parents of the first Cree baby of 2004, and the first baby of 2004 in the Val d’Or area. The little one’s pending arrival cut out any New Years’ Eve celebrations as Bullfrog started her contractions ... read more ››

Four Questions for National Chief Phil Fontaine

Assembly of First Nations head Phil Fontaine was harshly criticized for his first budget submission to the federal government since regaining his position of National Chief last summer (see the December 12, 2003 issue). In particular, Cree Grand Council spokesman Brian Craik said Fontaine was trying to position the AFN ... read more ››

Looking Back 12 Months…

As I can see into the near future, sometime before February, I forecast that the winter will be cold and dreary and that for this year, it will be a leap year. However, I tend to think that looking back is a lot easier than trying to forecast anything, even ... read more ››

Wemindji Leading the Fight Against Diabetes

Native people are affected by diabetes on a much larger scale than Caucasians, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). For that reason, it is of the utmost importance that we, as Native people, fight diabetes in our everyday lives, especially in Eeyou Istchee where the disease has become an ... read more ››