Volume 21, Issue 26

Artist Walter Kaheró:ton Scott brings comic art to Kahnawake kids

Mohawk artist and cartoonist Walter Kaheró:ton Scott moves around a lot. For a while, he was living in Montreal’s St-Henri neighbourhood, playing in punk bands. Last year he was in Vancouver before crossing the Pacific for an artist residency in Japan. Next month he’ll be in New York City. He ... read more ››

Chisasibi Career Fair

Chisasibi hosted the 7th Annual Cree Human Resources Development Regional Career Fair Oct. 21-22 to promote job possibilities, provide one-on-one meetings between employers and potential employees and to help cut down on a sense of isolation job seekers may feel. However, the Career Fair isn’t just meant to inform job-seekers of ... read more ››

Chisasibi fisher succumbs to hypothermia

A Chisasibi man perished in a boating accident while fishing on Wastawawmakw Lake September 24. Johnny Menarick was fishing with James Hill near kilometre 20 beach when an evening storm caught the men in rough waters. Their canoes capsized on their way back to shore. Both men were wearing lifejackets and ... read more ››

Cree singer Mariame Hasni is in the final stages of recording her debut album

Mariame Hasni has been singing for as long as she can remember. And it shows: she has an outstanding, powerful voice, one that has been mesmerizing Cree and non-Cree audiences for years. But that voice may have remained hidden, as Hasni once tried to hide her talent. “I got discovered in the ... read more ››

Dialysis Unit Opens in Mistissini

Decades in the making, a new dialysis unit in Mistissini will finally allow the community’s diabetes patients to receive care at home. The clinic, which opened October 8, offers hemodialysis for patients who had previously been treated in Chibougamau or Montreal. Dialysis is a process to clean the blood for advanced diabetics ... read more ››

From Lebanon to Saskatchewan: Nadine Track exhibits her photos of the Waterhen Lake Cree

Nadine Track was born in Lebanon at the height of a long civil war. Working as a first-aid worker, she picked up her camera to capture moments of this experience as a way to make sense of what was happening around her. A decade ago, Track packed up and moved to ... read more ››

Gumshun’s gun: A remarkable discovery

Surprisingly well preserved, a J. Stevens double-barreled, break-action shotgun that was lost in the dense wilderness between Chapais and Waswanipi more than 50 years ago has made a roundabout journey to the grandson of the long-deceased hunter who originally owned the weapon. Photos courtesy of Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute Former CBC reporter ... read more ››

Lest We Forget

Lest we forget – that is the phrase that reminds us of the horrors of war and those who gave their lives in conflicts around the world. We all know that November 11 is set aside to take time to remember those who have perished in war on our behalf. A ... read more ››

Nothing to fear but fear itself

The attacks on Canadian soldiers in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa couldn’t have come at a better time for the Conservative government of Stephen Harper. As I write in the wake of the two shocking incidents, conspiracy theorists are already spinning worldwide webs of intrigue. And who can blame them? Just as they were ... read more ››

Quebec’s austerity cutbacks could set up an environmental disaster

Quebec has been hemorrhaging biologists, wildlife technicians, game wardens and now endangered species recovery teams, all in the name of austerity. But what kind of an impact will this have on a region that is looking to go full steam ahead with development like the Plan Nord, particularly on its ... read more ››

Romeo Saganash petitions Harper government to abide by UN Declaration

It’s an effort to end systemic discrimination against Indigenous peoples in Canada. Romeo Saganash, NDP MP for Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou, has launched a petition to force the Canadian government to implement and abide by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). After introducing a private member’s bill, C-469, Saganash ... read more ››

The Grand Chief discusses the Stand Against Uranium campaign

On October 7, the Grand Council of the Crees launched the web-based StandAgainstUranium.com campaign to inform people in Eeyou Istchee and the world about the Cree’s firm stance against uranium exploration on their traditional territory. The campaign addresses the risks associated with uranium mining and shares opinions, photos and videos to ... read more ››

Things that go bump in the dark

One of the best things about Halloween is getting scared silly. These days, scary is really scary, as many people can apply makeup with ease and look deader than usual. I suppose that many a zombie, flesh-eater, nightwalker and wannabe dead person will be the big costume hit for this ... read more ››

Young heart patient meets the Cake Boss

Mistissini’s Laykeshia Blacksmith was only 10 days old the first time she underwent an operation to replace the aortic valve of her heart. A second operation followed when she was three months old, and a third three months after that. Now 11, Laykeshia lives a normal life – for the most ... read more ››