Volume 14, Issue 1

Artillery Range Draws Opposition Fire

Waswanipi residents say they aren’t getting the answers they are asking for on the proposed military firing range near Chapais. Both Waswanipi and Chapais were home to hearings of the review committee on the proposed SNC Technologies heavy artillery range on November 2 and 3. Many people showed up to voice their ... read more ››

Beavers Cash in

This story comes from the stranger than fiction file. Beavers in Greensburg Louisiana are proving that money laundering doesn’t always pertain to criminals. A bag of bills stolen from a casino was used by the eager beavers along with sticks and mud to create a humble, and by beaver standards, expensive abode. “They ... read more ››

Chisasibi Teen Commits Suicide

The community of Chisasibi is in mourning once again as one of its youth has committed suicide – in her own home. According to Chisasibi’s acting Director of Policing, Eric Mistacheesick, the 17-year-old girl was found a few hours after the November 14th incident. “Her mother informed us that she went down ... read more ››

Cree Telecom to Have Health Benefits

High-speed access to the World Wide Web is coming to Eeyou Istchee. What is little known, however, is the work the year-old Eeyou Telecommunications entity has done to bring fibre optics to the Cree communities. It is a multi-stage project that will see Chisasibi being hooked up first and then spreading ... read more ››

Diabetes Can Be Prevented, Do Your Part

Diabetes is very prevalent in Native communities across Canada. November is Diabetes Awareness month, so we felt it would be appropriate to give an overview of the disease’s effects and how to prevent it. The following information was supplied by the Health Canada website: What is diabetes? Diabetes is a condition in which ... read more ››

Home for the Holidays – Waskaganish Woman Battles Health Problems With Hope And Humour

She stayed so long in Montreal she joked she was losing her Cree. Elsie Georgekish Erless is being fitted for a prosthetic leg and hopes to be home by Christmas. Elsie who is 53, is staying at a rehabilitation centre for people who need artificial limbs. Her husband David comes in ... read more ››

I’m Being Followed by a Moon Shadow

Most people seldom take the time to look up at the night time sky. I guess we just never think about it much and we assume that there is nothing much worth seeing up there. From time to time, I try to take a few moments to look up and ... read more ››

Larry Ross Fires Back – Chisasibi Police Feud Burns On

Larry Ross says his former boss is a liar. In a Nation interview to respond to allegations by former Chisasibi Police Chief Harry Snowboy, Ross he feels betrayed and that he never breached his oath of discretion as a police officer. “First of all I’m disappointed that Harry would outright lie ... read more ››

Mistissini Teen Found Stripped, Beaten

A 13-year-old Mistissini girl was found beaten and stripped down to her socks October 30. The girl, who cannot be identified because of her age, was found shortly after the incident with deep bruises, a fractured cheekbone and a fractured jaw. She spent five days in the Chibougamau hospital. “Her face was ... read more ››

Out in the Cold

Sometimes you know it’s going to be one of those days followed by more of the same. For me it all started when I thought I remembered where I had packed away the winter clothing. It turned out I did not and I was in a hurry to get to ... read more ››

Party on

One of the most dangerous seasons is approaching, dangerous for those who have dared to speak up on what lurks behind the annual Christmas office party. I haven’t really been party to the party or the ensuing cold-weather risks (from being booted out on to the cold and barren streets ... read more ››

Two-Spirited People in Eeyou Istchee

For this issue the Nation interviewed people on what they thought about two-spirited people or how they’re treated in Eeyou Istchee. Nina Diamond from Waskaganish: “I think everybody’s civilized in life. As far as I’m concerned I worked with them on front basis. We’re all civilized people. There’s room for everybody ... read more ››