Volume 11, Issue 24

Don’t Buy Those Marshmallows Quite Yet

The price of sanity is the realization that you are walking in the dark, holding a candle and hoping there is no wind. The darkness is ignorance. Ignorance takes many forms and they creep up upon you without warning. When you start thinking like that, it could be time for the ... read more ››

Grieving Husband Speaks – As Charges Are Finally Laid In Deadly 2003 Chisasibi Crash

The allegedly drunk driver of a car that crashed on its way back to Chisasibi, causing the deaths of three passengers, has only now been charged in the incident – over a year later. Irene Pepabano is charged with seven different counts, including three counts of operating a vehicle under the ... read more ››

Khayden Otter: Your Thoughts and Feelings

In this edition of Pulse of the Nation we talk to several women from some of the communities about Khayden Otter Rupert’s tragic incident back on February 8. The Nation asked these people how it affected them or their communities. Here are some of the comments these women made. Sandra Webb from ... read more ››

Members Say Forestry Board Off To Good Start

The first anniversary of the Cree-Quebec Forestry Board gave its founders cause for celebration and a little self-congratulation when the board’s first annual report was delivered at a conference in Val d’Or on September 24. The Cree-Quebec Forestry Board also used the occasion to launch a contest to draw a logo ... read more ››

Moose Hunt 2004 – Four-year-old Caller Helps Grandfather Bag Three Moose!

Last year on a return trip from Caniapiscau (along the James Bay highway) my son Emmett shot his first moose. That day we saw three moose within 10 kilometres of each other and we vowed to return for the big bull that got away. This year we went back. Clarence Tomatuk ... read more ››

Nathaniel Bosum: A Champion in the Making

The last time I saw Nathaniel Bosum in action he was at the Molson Centre and was 11 years old. That was back in May 2001 and this time around he would be at the Olympic Stadium. Bosum is one of the few Crees heavily into moto-cross racing. He started ... read more ››

Reading Between The Lines

One of my favourite pastimes is to sit back and enjoy a good book. I have always found it comforting. It allows me to slip away and enter into a whole new world by reading through a few chapters and imagining each of the scenes. I feel that reading is ... read more ››

Reverend Sealhunter Leaves Chisasibi on a One-Year Sabbatical – Job Stress Had Minister on Verge of Nervous Breakdown

Years of dealing with other people’s problems has led Chisasibi’s first Cree Minister, Jacob Sealhunter, to seek a temporary respite far away from home. “Sometimes the job was difficult especially if you’re serving the community that you grew up in,” Sealhunter told the Nation. “When there was a death in the ... read more ››


As I sit by the window contemplating what I could write for Rez Notes, I try to find some source of personal inspiration or motivation. Politics? Education? Health issues? The NHL lockout? Nope, none of these topics kick me into gear. But sitting by the window isn’t the wisest of ... read more ››

Two Inuit Men Sentenced in Bat Killing

Justice in Puvirnituq has been served – in a big way. POV residents Kaitak Qumaluk, 23, and Charlie Quara, 32, were handed down the largest sentences in Nunavik history after two mistrials and a case that took three years to complete. After they were originally charged with second-degree murder, the pair plea-bargained ... read more ››

Waswanipi Fire Department Cleans up at Competitions

The Waswanipi Fire Department won the 15th Annual Provincial Aboriginal Firefighters’ competitions three weeks prior to the National competitions; the provincial competitions were hosted in Waswanipi on August 28. At these competitions it came out to be very competitive and Waswanipi, Nemaska and Manawan held a three-way tie for first place ... read more ››