Volume 11, Issue 20


What does that stand for? In America, it’s a military acronym for Commanding Officer. (Heavy drums rolling…) But up here, it means Conservation Officer (sounds of birds whistling and moose mating calls). They are muscular men, (and women too, who are invited to spend a stranded night in the woods ... read more ››

Cultural Healing Behind Bars – Mohawk Inmate Incorporating Traditional Aspects into Prison Life

When people think of prison, they tend only to focus on its negative aspects. Sometimes, however, there are positive things that can come out of being incarcerated for long periods of time. A 12-member Native Brotherhood at the Ste. Anne des Plaines minimum security institution, which includes eight Natives and four ... read more ››

Grand Council Celebrates Anniversary – Thirty Years of Politics, Rights and Achievement

The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) celebrated its 30th anniversary with a ceremony in Eastmain August 8. The anniversary was organized to honour the founding members of the Grand Council and to celebrate 30 years of political unity for the Crees of James Bay. It’s a major accomplishment. Not ... read more ››

Inaugural Mistissini Golf Classic Exceeds Expectations

Chibougamau was invaded by Crees recently, yet surprisingly there were no dangerous incidents, despite the fact that they were all wielding clubs. The Cree Nation of Mistissini held their first annual Mistissini Golf Classic July 29 at the club de golf Chibougamau. It was a huge success by all accounts as ... read more ››

Lions and Tigers and Crees, OH MY!

Have you ever dreamt of looking a lion right in the eye? Or imagined what it would be like to be inches away from their massive bodies? Well, the wait is over. August 4 was a great day as Parc Safari kicked off the official launch of their new glass tunnel ... read more ››

Maamowedow Reclaims Fort George

The Cree Nation of Chisasibi held their traditional 16th Annual gathering at Fort George Island from July 28 to August 2. The island, located about 10 kilometres from the mainland, is the traditional home of the Chisasibi Crees, a place where the Cree Eeyouch have lived and fished since time ... read more ››

Odinnok Theatre Looking for Actors

The Odinnok Theatre Group, which is working in collaboration with the National Arts and Theatre School of Canada, will soon be holding auditions. All interested candidates should register two weeks before the dates shown below. It’s open to all Native persons 18 years and over, who speak French and who are ... read more ››

Salluit Man Charged After Baby Sister Shot Dead

A 19-year-old Inuit man was charged with manslaughter last week after his infant sister died from a gunshot wound Aug. 9, Quebec provincial police said. Nulukie Kaitak also was charged with careless use of a firearm and criminal negligence causing death with a firearm. Kaitak was still in custody in Amos as ... read more ››

Tragedy Strikes Chisasibi – Teenage Girl Commits Suicide

The community of Chisasibi was shocked recently by a terrible tragedy when a 13-year-old girl took her own life. Lorraine Snowboy was found just after midnight in her basement on the night of August 3. She had hung herself. Chisasibi Police officers Jane Fireman and Barry Duff answered the call. “The officers ... read more ››

US Environmentalist Trying To Save Magpie River

An American environmentalist is fighting to save the Magpie River near Sept Îles from being dammed. Robert Kennedy, Jr. has made it his personal crusade to save the river by rafting down it in protest to demonstrate to the people what they will be losing. Kennedy is urging the Quebec government ... read more ››

Volunteers: The Glue That Keeps a Community Together

The Nation is very proud to announce that two of its employees, Dana-Marie Williams and Tiffany Deer, have been elected to the board of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal. All of us here are pleased at their initiative in joining this much-needed organization. First Nations women come to the shelter ... read more ››