Volume 12, Issue 17

Grand Council Calls for More Logging

The Grand Council of the Crees is joining a coalition of non-native municipalities, forestry companies and citizens in calling for a larger harvesting area for forestry companies in Eeyou Istchee. Forestry companies were fearful of the impact the signing of the Paix des Braves Agreement would have on their future cutting ... read more ››

Hockey Brings Father and Son Together After 29 Years Apart

Hockey may bring people together in First Nations across Canada, but in Daniel Martinhunter’s case, the sport helped him meet a son he hadn’t seen in 29 years. The Chisasibi resident had never forgotten the boy who left with his mother to move to Ontario after a separation almost three decades ... read more ››

Hydro Quebec EM-1 Impact Statement Thin On Facts, Says Consultant

The EM-1 hydroelectric project will reduce the flow of water at the mouth of the Rupert River by more than half, but according to Hydro Quebec’s recently released Environmental Impact Statement, there will be next to no impact on the environment. According to the report’s executive summary, Crees will be able ... read more ››

Memegwashi Awards Recognize Students’ Hard Work

The third edition of the Memegwashi Awards, hosted by the Val d’Or Native Friendship Centre, was yet again a success. On June 21, National Aboriginal Day, 149 Native students of all ages were honoured before 400 people at the Telebec Theatre. Primary, secondary, college and university students from the MRC de ... read more ››

Mikisew, the Eagle

There are many symbolic animals and birds that are part of Native culture. On the James Bay coast, there is the goose. This bird is highly respected as it has allowed my people to survive for centuries. Since early time my people have been able to count on the arrival ... read more ››

Mistissini Teacher to Attend Harvard University

Mistissini’s Voyageur Memorial School may soon have a Harvard-educated teacher on staff. Teacher Kim Quinn has been accepted by the prestigious Ivy League school this fall. Quinn will be pursuing her Masters of Education in language and literacy with some heavy support from the Cree School Board. They agreed to pay ... read more ››

Residential School Conference Works Towards Cree Solution

The goal of the Conference on Indian Residential Schools was clear for the roughly 120 people who attended in Mistissini June 15 and 16: find a way for victims to be properly compensated within a Cree framework. “The objective was to educate more people of the present status of the residential ... read more ››

Telling Your Stories

I have to reply to the editorial and story about Rezolution Pictures from last issue. I want to thank Will for his kind words and his encouragement. I also want to say that I wasn’t expecting any of it. Neil Diamond and I were up in Mistissini shooting the latest ... read more ››

The Adopted Cree – Non-Native CBC Announcer Works and Lives in the Cree Language

Melissa Natachequan, 27, speaks three languages, English, French and Cree. There are many people in Eeyou Istchee who speak three languages, even more so who speak two, but the thing that makes her story so amazing is that Melissa doesn’t have an ounce of Cree blood in her. Born to a ... read more ››

The Waswanactive Challenge!

The Waswanactive Challenge! was a physical activity challenge for all Waswanipi residents aged 13 and up. To participate, you had to make a team of five people and be as physically active as possible during two weeks, between May 23 and June 5. Members of the team could accumulate their minutes ... read more ››

Walking Out Ceremony Joined By Dutch Boy

My husband, Walter Posno, and I are from The Netherlands and visited Eastmain two years ago. We were interested in the Native lifestyle but we were a little disappointed by visiting Waskaganish. It did not look like the Indian village we had imagined and so we went a little further ... read more ››

Wrestling Mania

I watched the chanting crowd dodging the spit being spewed from the ugly face of the wrestler in the ring, as they eagerly absorbed themselves in a live version (albeit smaller) of the WWE. A few elderly men, who were previously in the higher seats of the small arena, moved ... read more ››