Volume 11, Issue 9

Bolivia – Part 2 of 2

I returned to La Paz to meet with the members of the Canadian Consulate. Sharon Armstrong and Gustavo Bracmonte were extremely helpful. The Consulate told me that Bolivia was an “area of interest” for Canada. There are only nine such areas in all for the world. This means that Canada ... read more ››

Carving Out a Future

Looking carefully at the rocks and antlers the carver chooses his materials. He gathers his tools and smiles. His chisels and saws sharp and files standing by. He is ready to start. He is set to carve his beautiful dream. A concept that exists inside: of him but one he ... read more ››

Chisasibi Man Injured While Hunting

A Chisasibi man is in stable condition at the Montreal General Hospital after an unfortunate snowmobile accident. David Coonishish, 28, was injured while Moose hunting on Saturday, March 6. He was driving his ski-doo after killing a wolf when he saw moose tracks in the snow and decided to follow them. ... read more ››

Education Alarm – Mistissini Looks For Answers to High Drop-Out Rates in Public Meeting

Native communities across Canada are facing an education crisis, and the James Bay Cree are not immune. Nationwide, Native students had an average school completion rate that was almost half that of the national average in the 1999-2000 school year: 39 per cent compared to 75 per cent for the ... read more ››

In Appreciation of Your Love and Support

Thursday morning March 4, 2004 at 8:00AM, I went to look for Khayden in his room at the Montreal Children’s hospital. The attending nurse informed me that he was in the physiotherapy room being attended by the physiotherapist. I went to the room where he was getting his treatment and ... read more ››

Khayden Otter Update

Khayden Otter’s condition is improving from day to day, according to his grandfather, Ronnie Otter. He is able to go for walks in the hospital with his mother, Judy, is no longer on oxygen and is slowly looking better. As reported in the last issue of the Nation, Khayden Otter was ... read more ››

No Pain, No Gain

As I was growing up, and learned the values of right and wrong, I often wondered what type of person I would be today, if I hadn’t been taught what was the difference between right and wrong. I know that for many parents today, the idea of restricting your child’s ... read more ››

Telebec Hiring Crees

The Quebec-based telecommunications company Telebec has embarked on a new relationship with the people of Eeyou Istchee. The recent hiring of David Coonishish in Chisasibi and Luke Mianscum in Mistissini for Telebec’s business and residential installation and repair team represents a change in the industry’s practices when dealing with the ... read more ››

Tough Sledding at Ivakkak 2004

The fourth annual Inuit dog sled race, the Ivakkak, has a new winner in Peter Kiatainaq from Kangiqsujuaq. Kiatainaq started the race with a narrow lead but had to fend off a strong challenge from second-place finisher Junior May of Kuujjuaq. Kiatainaq fell to second place on day three but regained ... read more ››

What’s Next in the New Deal

The proposed new deal with Hydro Quebec has now been ratified by all Cree communities. Cree Grand Council spokesperson Brian Craik says the next step will the official signing of the new agreement. “It’s possible it will come in the middle of the month,” Craik said. “There will be no ... read more ››