Volume 18, Issue 8

Cabinet shuffle

After a four-year stint managing other portfolios in the National Assembly, Geoffrey Kelley, Liberal MNA for Jacques Cartier, is back handling Aboriginal Affairs, after taking the position over from Pierre Corbeil. “Working on the Native questions in Quebec is something that I find a very exciting challenge,” said Kelley. The Nation spoke ... read more ››

Car shows & mind blows

Every year it seems I go to a car show and they never lose their glamour for me. It’s what’s new and cool. How fast or how long will it last? Can it handle the highway as well as the byways of gravel roads? What type of new gadgets does ... read more ››

For love and justice

In solidarity with those in Ottawa, Vancouver and across the country, Montrealers braved the cold at Cabot Square on Valentine’s Day to remember and honour the women Canada forgot – at least 582 missing or murdered Aboriginal women. This was Montreal’s second annual Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women, an ... read more ››

Halifax vying to host Indigenous Games

Halifax is currently on a shortlist to host the 2014 North American Indigenous Games. The maritime metropolis is in competition with London, Ont., and Regina to host the prestigious sports and cultural event with the hopes that the winning city will be announced within the next couple of months. According to the ... read more ››

Homelessness Marathon returns to Montreal’s Friendship Centre

For the ninth consecutive year, the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal (NFCM) will host the Homelessness Marathon, the largest discussion on homelessness and poverty in Canada. The NFCM, in conjunction with CKUT 90.3 FM, McGill University’s community radio station, will be participating as part of a national event to raise awareness ... read more ››

MacMartin’s diary sheds new light on Treaty #9

Recently, I have heard news that greatly affects the First Nations of Nishnawbe-Aski Nation territory in northern Ontario. This news involves the discovery of a 100-plus year-old diary by Daniel MacMartin, a treaty commissioner who represented the government of Ontario. His diary is providing a new perspective on the signing ... read more ››

Press not necessarily a pass anymore

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. – from Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Being a member ... read more ››

Representing community health

Laurie Ann Georgekish and Joni Saganash have a lot to be proud of these days. Both are back working in their respective home communities of Wemindji and Waswanipi, and both are the first graduates from the Community Health Representative program at the Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue. “When we graduated we were told ... read more ››

The way we were

While there have been many books written about the David and Goliath story of how the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement came to be, nothing really compares to hearing it from those who made this history. After years of discussion over the film, the Grand Council of the Crees, in ... read more ››

Things that fall from above

Last month, watching the 25th anniversary of the first shuttle disaster, I thought that time had just run away from me then come back and slapped me in the face. How could that be? It seemed like just a decade ago when the entire world was shocked by images of ... read more ››

Vehicle delight

The 2011 Montreal International Auto Show was one of the best attended events I have seen in recent years. The organizers carefully orchestrated this 43rd edition with a wide range of vehicles from the expensive advanced technology sport models to the economical and innovative cars. It was thrilling to watch the ... read more ››