Volume 13, Issue 19

Beat the heat – get chillin’

It has been hot in Eeyou Istchee. I don’t know if anyone has tried frying eggs on the sidewalk of the band council steps lately, but at one point Whapmagoustui and the surrounding area was the hottest place in North America. Given how far north Crees and Inuit live, none are ... read more ››

Five Generations of women in Eastmain

Many Native teachings talk about the importance of looking ahead to the unborn generations – usually seven – and what affect our lives will have on them and their offspring. One Eastmain family is lucky enough to be able to communicate between five generations, from a three-month-old newborn to their ... read more ››

Former Native Alliance leader founds new off-reserve group

A new organization for off-reserve Natives calling itself The Confederation of Aboriginal Peoples has been founded, and its leader, Guillaume Carle, is anxious to resume his recently interrupted political career. “We represent all Aboriginals living off reserve, including Metis, Inuits and Indians,” Carle told the Nation. “The confederation is a term ... read more ››

Heavy Metal wins award in Norway

Rezolution pictures’ documentary Heavy Metal: A Mining Disaster in Northern Quebec won a public voting prize at Riddu Riddu, a Sami film festival held in northern Norway. The Sami are a nation of indigenous reindeer herders in the northern Scandaniavian countries and this was the 15th year of their festival. The ... read more ››

Karate coming to Eeyou Istchee

For the first time in history, a traditional Karate competition will be coming to Eeyou Istchee, but don’t worry; you don’t have to be an expert to participate. “It will be mainly for the white and yellow belts in Wemindji and the other Cree communities,” said Chanh Chau Tran, President of ... read more ››

Mistissini Mini Fitness Challenge

Kenny Gunner said he was tired after finishing first at the Mistissini Mini Fitness Challenge. The challenge didn’t seem too “mini” to most people as participants lined up to start. They would be swimming half a kilometre, followed by a seven-kilometre bike ride, a canoe portage for 5 kilometres, paddling for ... read more ››

Mistissini police nab alleged pot dealers

Two Mistissini residents have been arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking. “We executed a search warrant on July 15 at 6:50 am,” said Mistissini Police Interim Director Bradley Mianscum. “The target was a 29-year-old male.” Mathew Ottereyes was arrested and charged with drug trafficking. He appeared in court via telephone July 17 ... read more ››

Ouje-Bougoumou Golf tournament

For the second year in a row, the weather cooperated to assure that the Oujé-Bougoumou Golf Tournament was a resounding success said Nick Paradisis, OJ’s Chief Executive Financial Officer. It was a hot and sunny day on Friday July 14, the day when more than 200 participants turned out for the ... read more ››

Profane put down by Coon Come shocks GCC meeting

The Grand Council of the Crees board meeting was running smoothly, albeit a bit long, when one derogatory comment from an elected official turned the mood sour. Matthew Coon Come turned to Dr. John Murdoch during his presentation at the meeting in mid-July and asked him if the middle initial in ... read more ››

Sand between my toes

The beach is a place of dreams and liquid laughter spills from the mouths of all those who bathe in the waters of time, making the swimming hole a favourite pastime for those in need of cooling down and old-fashioned fun. Beach time was always one of my favourite ways ... read more ››

Through the eyes of children

This has been a week of many firsts for me. It has also become a week of memorable first time happenings for people around me. I enjoy going out on the land to take in the fresh air and to enjoy quiet moments or even just to listen to the sounds ... read more ››