Volume 21, Issue 25

Barrier Lake residents are leading a spirited battle for the forest

First Nations families in the Laurentian Mountains are fighting in court to stop logging in Parc La Verendrye. Area resident Tina Nottaway is seeking an injunction to stop multinational forestry giant Louisiana Pacific from tearing up her backyard. “The cutting is happening 24 hours a day,” she told the Nation. “I see ... read more ››

Conflict over moose organs

The Abitibi-Témiscamingue health agency recommended earlier this month that people refrain from eating moose organs, including the kidneys and liver. They claim that organ samples collected last fall had abnormally high cadmium content. Cadmium is a toxic metal that can accumulate in herbivorous animals. A press release from the Abitibi-Témiscamingue health agency admitted that the ... read more ››

Crees launch anti-uranium campaign

The Cree Nation Government reaffirmed its opposition to uranium development with the launch of #standagainsturanium October 7. The digital campaign is anchored by a website, www.standagainsturanium.com “This is another step in our campaign to ensure that our voices are heard and that our lands are protected,” said Grand Chief Matthew Coon ... read more ››

For the children of Attawapiskat

Congratulations to everyone in Attawapiskat who fought so hard over many years to lobby for the construction of a new public school. This year the children started their school session in a brand-new, contamination-free school. I was saddened to see the demolition of the once-proud J.R. Nakogee School and to witness ... read more ››

Métis 11-year-old on the right track to auto-racing glory

The last race of Xavier Dorsnie’s season saw some of the most challenging conditions he has raced in. The rain was torrential, obscuring the view of the tight, Formula-1-inspired turns of the Mont-Tremblant karting circuit. The course was slippery, “like a sheet of ice,” said the 11-year-old. “I just focused on the ... read more ››

Montreal’s vigil for missing and murdered Indigenous women builds momentum for justice

Despite steady rain, hundreds of people showed up to Montreal’s Parc Émilie-Gamelin October 4 for the march that culminated in this year’s Montreal Vigil for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. “We could have been double if it was a beautiful day,” said Idle No More organizer Melissa Mollen-Dupuis. “But there are ... read more ››

Quebec takes action

While the federal government is ignoring life-and-death issues such as tragedy of murdered and missing women, Quebec is taking action. The province will unveil an anti-bullying campaign and plan at the end of November. The plan will look at ways to stop the abuse and bullying of Aboriginal peoples. Quebec Premier ... read more ››

Save the moose from cars and radioactivity

I live in fear of hitting a moose with my chic Honda Crosstour. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen Facebook pictures of wrecked vehicles from moose hit-and-runs. Several weeks ago, my father found an injured moose near the site of yet another encounter with a car. The car was ... read more ››

The Nation’s annual Fall/Winter tourism guide

As the first snow has already begun to fall and the winter clothes pulled out of storage, escaping what is bound to be a long and cold winter is already on the minds of many. Absconding to somewhere exotic and lovely is one of the best ways to beat the cold ... read more ››