Volume 17, Issue 13

Cree to Compete in Miss Universe Canada Pageant

Ashley Callingbull from the Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta will compete for the title of Miss Universe Canada. According to CTV News, what sets the 21-year-old apart from the other 63 competitors, is that she will be using her troubled past of abuse and neglect as a source of strength in ... read more ››

Drugs Seized at Moose Cree First Nation Post Office

A suspected $80,000 worth of drugs were seized in the Moose Cree First Nation community in March by the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) that included marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs. The NAPS had been conducting an investigation into several occurrences at the post office between March 9-15 in conjunction with Canada ... read more ››

Epic journey of the Odeyak celebrates 20 years

When two boats were spotted in the Hudson River by a roving news helicopter, little did the reporter on the story realize that the environmental movement was about to change. It wasn’t until later in the day, Earth Day April 22, 1990, that New Yorkers learned that 60 Cree and Inuit ... read more ››

Giving our children Innu names

Giving your child a Native name was something that was used by our ancestors. However, this tradition was almost wiped out when we were introduced to Christianity. Most churches and missionaries refused to consider Innu names, so we took on English names. That’s when names like Peter pronounced as Beechil ... read more ››

Historic Cree Books Hidden In The Internet

I like to do my research on the Internet. I guess I have always been a geek when it comes to computers. The Internet is a vast wealth of knowledge for me as a writer. I can find just about anything on any topic. I have heard it said that the ... read more ››

Identity theft or is it really true

A brand new car and $800,000 is something everyone would be interested in receiving and will do anything to get it. However is it a scam? Apparently a person presenting himself as a lawyer contacted a woman from Chisasibi and informed her that she had won a car and $800,000. With ... read more ››

Is our future farming

The fax rings and another sheet appears from a Cree office somewhere, announcing the spring goose break and the fact that many Cree will go “missing” for the next few weeks. It is this rite of spring which seems to be pretty early this year. Back in the day, when ... read more ››

Looking Back on Love

This is the week the Cree School Board travels to Osprey for meetings and a bit of fishing. I have been looking forward to this, travelling back through time – a time to remember. I hurried in many directions trying to put everything together, hoping I had everything I needed. ... read more ››

On the Path of the Elder

What began as a research project to bring the youth and the Elders of the Mushkegowuk region together has become one of the most innovative Cree leaning websites on the Internet. A few years ago, Stan Louttit (not the Mushkegowuk Grand Chief) was working on a research project and started looking ... read more ››

Putting Research into Action

While their mission over the last five years has been research driven, the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s Sisters In Spirit (SIS) initiative is in the process of reinventing itself: using knowledge to pave the way for change. On April 21, SIS released its latest report, What Their Stories Tell Us ... read more ››

Still discriminatory

The British Columbia Court of Appeal granted the federal government a three-month extension to implement Bill C-3, an amendment to the Indian Act, on April 1 after the court deemed the bill discriminatory as a result of the McIvor v. Canada ruling. Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) now has until ... read more ››

The Spring Goose Hunt

It has been a few years since I last went goose hunting. Whenever I go I always think back to other hunts like many Crees. All the memories are good and many mean a lot to me in many ways. Once when I was the tender and somewhat trusting young age ... read more ››

Truth and Reconciliation Commission seeks Global Forum on Aboriginal Abuse

Members of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission approached the United Nations on April 27 at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to see if the global community could support an international forum to deal with the legacy of Aboriginal abuse. The request came from Justice Murray Sinclair of Manitoba, the lead ... read more ››

Trying to sympathize

It was on a Sunday morning when I read the “Youth on a Budget” article by Amy German (Nation, Vol. 17, Issue 11, April 9, 2010). It didn’t come as a surprise to me hearing that the Cree Nation Youth Council are receiving major budget cuts for the new fiscal year. ... read more ››

Where is Canada’s signature?

While the Maori of New Zealand continue to celebrate their nation’s signing of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, many Canadians are still wondering when and how Canada will start taking steps to endorse it. Though the announcement was made that Canada would do so in the ... read more ››

World Guitar Festival Takes Over Rouyn-Noranda

Once again the town of Rouyn-Noranda will be the epicentre of the guitar world as it holds the sixth annual Festival des Guitares du Monde from May 22-30. Since its inception, the festival has grown from a modest four-day event that attracted nearly 3000 people to an internationally acclaimed nine-day celebration ... read more ››