• Eeyou Istchee Powwow Roundup

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    Rain fails to dampen Niimuuhiikan celebration Big Rock’s annual powwow took place August 20-21 with Luke MacLeod bringing on Justice Debassige as the new coordinator for Mistissini’s fourth annual celebration. Inclement weather forced the powwow to move indoors to the […]

    Eeyou Istchee Powwow Roundup
  • No protests, but plenty of politics – and two clowns – at this year’s Cree Nation AGA in Chisasibi

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    Every annual general meeting is different and this year was no exception. The biggest difference in Chisasibi Aug. 2-4 was that the large entities, such as the Cree School Board (CSB), Cree Board of Health and Social Services (CHB) and […]

    No protests, but plenty of politics – and two clowns – at this year’s Cree Nation AGA in Chisasibi
  • Waswanipi and Greenpeace launch Broadback petition

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    Waswanipi and Greenpeace are launching an online petition to gather international support against further logging of the Broadback River Valley, the last untouched region in the community’s territory. The two worked together to create the website www.savethebroadback.ca, which hosts a […]

    Waswanipi and Greenpeace launch Broadback petition
  • Are you ready to vote? Federal Election and Voting Information

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    Voters in the Cree Nation may face significant barriers to voting in this federal election. New legislation that was passed by the federal government in 2014 (The Fair Elections Act) will make it more difficult for some First Nation citizens and residents of […]

    Are you ready to vote? Federal Election and Voting Information
  • New OJ Chief Curtis Bosum picks up the torch

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    It’s been a whirlwind year for the newly elected Chief of Oujé-Bougoumou, Curtis Bosum. The victor in the August 26 runoff election against Anthony Hughboy, Bosum started 2015 as a band councillor before resigning to run Oujé-Bougoumou Enterprise as CEO. […]

    New OJ Chief Curtis Bosum picks up the torch
  • Election 2015: Meet the candidates

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    With a federal election just around the corner, The Nation reached out the five major party candidates running in the Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou riding. The riding covers most of Northern Quebec and all nine communities in Eeyou Istchee. Click on the names below […]

    Election 2015: Meet the candidates
  • Youth Grand Chief Joshua Iserhoff removed in vote of non-confidence

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    “Maybe I dreamed too big for them,” said now former Youth Grand Chief Joshua Iserhoff. “I did what I could in three years, but I think we did an excellent job as youth leaders.” Iserhoff was commenting on his removal […]

    Youth Grand Chief Joshua Iserhoff removed in vote of non-confidence
  • The ins and outs of the Cree Nation’s 2015 AGA

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    Oujé-Bougoumou hosted this year’s Grand Council/Cree Nation Government Annual General Assembly in a beautiful setting marred only by the on-and-off rain. More than a few members thought we would be flooded out but thanks to quick thinking, plastic and sand […]

    The ins and outs of the Cree Nation’s 2015 AGA
  • BAPE report rejects uranium development

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    A long-anticipated report from Quebec’s Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) says that authorizing uranium develop- ment in the province would be inap- propriate in the present context. Released July 17, the report follows months of public consultations throughout Cree […]

    BAPE report rejects uranium development
  • Terms reached on Baril-Moses dispute and Broadback protection

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    A nation-to-nation forestry agreement has led the Grand Council of the Crees to shelve a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the Quebec government, but not all Crees are satisfied with the terms reached by the two parties. Signed on July 12 in […]

    Terms reached on Baril-Moses dispute and Broadback protection

    Editorials

    • Shoot first, ask questions later?

      North Battleford, Saskatchewan, lawyer Eleanore Sunchild was eloquent in describing the context of the shooting August 9 of a 22-year-old …

    Under The Northern Sky

    • The faces of hope

      This summer I have had the pleasure of being visited by some of my family members. It made me realize …

    Rez Notes

    • Road hogs

      “Yes, I’ll take the baby car seat and GPS options please, plus the take-it-to-the-max insurance,” I tell the tall, young, …

IN THE ISSUE

  • Mohawk designer Tammy Beauvais has a bead on business

    Mohawk designer Tammy Beauvais has a bead on business

    September 15, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Receiving a commission from the spouse of the Canadian prime minister is a high honour for an artist. It’s also one that doesn’t come easy: for Mohawk fashion designer Tammy Beauvais the commission from Sophie Gregoire Trudeau was the culmination of a lifetime of hard work. “This is 20 years of keeping my nose to the grindstone,”..

  • Headband demand – Dickson Designs has a new twist on grandma’s “hankie”

    Headband demand – Dickson Designs has a new twist on grandma’s “hankie”

    September 15, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    When Heather Dickson started Grade 8, her grandmother told her she had the year to make a major life decision – to choose what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. “She said, ‘You better pick something you’ll enjoy doing every day,’” Dickson recalls from her home in Whitehorse, Yukon. At the end of the year, Dickson..

  • New Mistissini Subway features original Cree design

    New Mistissini Subway features original Cree design

    September 15, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    When you walk into franchise restaurants like Tim Hortons, McDonald’s or a KFC, you’re not expecting to come face-to-face with an ancestor. But that’s a possibility at the new Subway opening in Mistissini. “Since we are in a Native community we wanted to represent Native identity in our branding,” said Peter Shecapio, co-owner..

  • Back to school for students of all ages

    Back to school for students of all ages

    September 2, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Returning to school or pursuing continuing education can seem like a daunting task. The Cree School Board and the staff of Sabtuan Adult Education Services (SAES) offer a wide range of courses for adults looking to develop or improve a variety of skill-sets that can translate into a meaningful career. Sabtuan hosts vocational programs..

UPDATES

Stand-off in Standing Rock – First Nations resistance to North Dakota pipeline is growing

Stand-off in Standing Rock – First Nations resistance to North Dakota pipeline is growing

September 15, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Thousands of First Nations and activists have rallied around the Sioux of North Dakota in their opposition of the Dakota Access..

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

MONTREAL, QUE.: August 7, 2016-- Volbeat perform during the second day of the 2016 Heavy Montreal festival at Parc Jean Drapeau on Sunday August 7, 2016.  (Tim Snow / EVENKO MANDATORY CREDIT)

The lighter side of Heavy & Heavy Mania

September 2, 2016 at 7:08 pm

Downsizing – it happens everywhere, even to music festivals. That was certainly the case with the 2016 edition of Heavy Montreal,..

CULTURE & TRADITION

Hunting identity: Duncan McCue’s trapline memoirs

Hunting identity: Duncan McCue’s trapline memoirs

September 15, 2016 at 7:59 pm

CBC reporter and host Duncan McCue was in the midst of a 10-month fellowship for leading journalists when one of his instructors..

SPORTS

First Nations players inspire as hockey returns

First Nations players inspire as hockey returns

September 15, 2016 at 7:28 pm

While the sunny, sultry weather continues in southern Quebec, the hockey season is getting into full swing, as Team Canada prepares..