Archive for January, 2010

Selling the Plan Nord to the Crees

Natural Resources Minister Nathalie Normandeau brought a clear-cut message to Mistissini January 11: billions of dollars of heavy industrial development is coming to Eeyou Istchee. Left unsaid but certainly understood was that the Crees can either jump on board or […]

Oh where has my little dog gone?

What’s furry, likes to lick anything, has claws and is really faithful? Of course it’s man’s best friend, the dog. Why do dogs merit page four of this fabulous magazine, one may ask? Because something mysterious is afoot (I really […]

It’s a pandemic

It’s really quite amazing how Quebec was freaking out over diabetes a few years ago when the Quebec population hit a diabetes infection rate of 3 per cent. Quebec, the other provinces and the federal government had been quietly ignoring […]

Nasty, brutish and short

Few people would say that Daniel Richard Wolfe had an easy start to life.  Born into crushing poverty in The Pas, Manitoba, the Opaskawayak Cree grew up on the mean streets of Winnipeg’s North End, bouncing from foster home to […]

Northern Lights Conference to brighten Montreal

The Secretariat to the Cree Nation – Abitibi-Témiscamingue Economic Alliance is inviting members to participate in the Northern Lights 2010 Conference, to be held in Montréal from January 27-30 at the Palais des congrès. The event, which aims to promote […]

Canada to defend human rights record

The Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group, a coalition of First Nations on Vancouver Island, have successfully forced the federal government into defending Canada’s human rights record before an international tribunal. The group has lodged a human rights complaint against Canada regarding 810,000 […]

Aboriginal bank alleges federal discrimination

A Winnipeg Aboriginal lending institution, Tribal Wi-Chi-Way-Win Capital Corporation, is calling for a judicial review of the federal government’s refusal to include them in a program that encourages loans on reserves. The lending institution filed court documents claiming that Ottawa’s […]

A double standard

Recent news stories have spotlighted First Nations leaders who are paid large salaries. This is an old and racist view of Native people keeps coming back. Many people complain that Aboriginal leaders make too much money, when in fact non-Native […]

Respect, sharing, forgiveness and love

The building blocks of a strong family There were several criteria that judges used to decide that Marie-Claude Simon should be named Miss Traditional Pow Wow 2009 in Mistissini’s annual event, held in the community’s recreational complex last August. Among […]

Joint adventure

The Cree Nation’s associations for trappers, crafts and tourism have come together for the sake of a common goal: delivering the goods. In late December the Cree Trappers’ Association, Cree Native Arts and Crafts and the Cree Outfitting and Tourism […]