Volume 13, Issue 24

Edith Cloutier to head UQAT board

Edith Cloutier, the Director at the Native Friendship Centre in Val d’Or, can add another title to her name: President. Cloutier, who has a degree in accounting from the Université de Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, was named president of the UQAT Board of Administration on September 27. She has worked tirelessly in promoting ... read more ››

Equality of sexes based on survival

Someone informed me the other day that there is a Women’s History Month designated by the Government of Canada. Women are celebrated during the month of October for their contribution to Canadian society. This got me to thinking about all the strong women that I have known in my life. The ... read more ››

Our mother’s en-dashweems

Note: This letter was read to those in attendance of the official opening of the Mary Ann Centre September 26, 2006. Our mother, Mary Ann Baribeau-Rabbitskin, passed away in October 2004, leaving behind a life filled with service to others, especially children. From my youngest days I can’t recall our home ... read more ››

Rangers are Forces’ eyes and ears in Eeyou Istchee

On September 27 the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, Major Guy Lang, met with Cree Grand Chief Matthew Mukash in the Grand Council’s Montreal office. During their meeting Mukash spoke of his support for both the Canadian Ranger program and the youth wing of the program the ... read more ››

The classroom in crisis – Mistissini’s school system deals with racism, high drop-out rates and cultural survival

The educational system in Mistissini – and by extension the Cree Nation – is in trouble. So deep, according to some, that it is only a matter of time before there is a major crisis. And it is not just the curriculum and the high absenteeism that is a concern. ... read more ››

Three communities to vote on EM 1-A – Nemaska, Waskaganish, Chisasibi look to halt Rupert diversion

The chiefs of the three communities that will be most affected by the EM1-A project are making an 11th hour stand against the diversion of the Rupert River. Waskaganish, Chisasibi and Nemaska adopted mandates recently to hold referenda by November 1 to give their community members a chance to accept or ... read more ››

Women’s History Month

Did you know that October is Women’s History Month? Did you know that the 2006 edition was dedicated to the achievements of Canada’s First Nation women? Well, don’t feel bad if you didn’t, because while the federal government decreed this month be dedicated to women’s history back in 1992 through ... read more ››

Women’s work

When I was a kid, women were some kind of superheroes to me. It was nothing to see a little old lady slash her way through the bushes to set a snare, or topple an ice-age old tree into cords of wood, ready to be snowshoed out and ferried across ... read more ››