Volume 12, Issue 11

A Shot In The Dark

I was shocked and saddened at the report of the school shooting at Red Lake First Nation in Minnesota. I read the news reports of the event and I was surprised at the number of people killed in what seemed like a random act of violence. It was sad to ... read more ››

A Steady Reader from Sainte-Foy

Feedback: Don Burstick says, “you are a redskin if…” Well, I can tell you I read “everything” in the Nation and I am not the only white man to do so. But if I say I end up reading the classifieds and I live in Cap-Rouge, then I say my ... read more ››

Eastmain School’s Anti-Bullying Campaign

On April 4, Wabannutao Eeyou School (WES) in Eastmain launched a three-pronged Anti- Bullying Program focused on bullying behaviors within our school and our community. The three-pronged approach consists of: an already successful plan entitled “Steps to Respect”; a police-sponsored Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program; and a “Good News ... read more ››

First Life-Skills Students Graduate From Montreal Friendship Centre

The Montreal Native Friendship Centre hosted its first graduation ceremony March 23, after setting up a life skills training program last year. Twenty-four of 30 students graduated in the first wave. “That’s a great percentage,” said Sky Bellefleur, the trainer for the Life Skills Training Program. The program teaches Aboriginal history and ... read more ››

In Loving Memory of the Late Billy Blacksmith

He was a small elder, but fit as a fiddle, and known to all who knew him as “the old man who was forever looking for a wife!” I guess we know now that nobody could ever replace Bella Blacksmith who died from breast cancer in the fall of September 8, ... read more ››

Inner Peacenik

Inner peace is something of a rarity these days. It is a feeling without the adrenaline to interfere with the mind’s ability to comprehend sensible things. Like, for instance, why is that guy looking at my girlfriend that way? Should I react with my face or fist? Should I smile ... read more ››

It’s $70 Million Time

It’s another fiscal year and another $70 million is being pumped into the Cree economy through the Paix des braves Agreement. Even though there are a lot of happy faces in Eeyou Istchee, some have those smiles upside down. Part of the reason is that $2 million has been cut from ... read more ››

Residential School Conference

I’m quite happy to see that there will be a regional residential school conference happening in Eeyou Istchee. Most people look at the problems associated with residential schools mainly as those that happened only to the students who attended these schools. The effects are considerably more far reaching, however. It is ... read more ››

Your Favorite Goose Hunting Spot

The Nation asked a few goose hunters in Eeyou Istchee for their favorite goose hunting spots. We also asked what qualities make for a good goose boss, or whether a goose boss is even needed. Harry Scipio of Chisasibi: My favorite goose hunting spot is at Seal River far north of ... read more ››