Thanks to the hard work of our employees and the collaboration of our many partners, we have successfully implemented many different programs, ranging from the training of Crees for skilled jobs with Hydro-Quebec (over 50 Crees now occupy permanent positions), the rejuvenation of Cree community and family fisheries, the support of numerous cultural activities including summer gatherings and the enhancement of goose hunting facilities. This is not to mention the hundreds of kilometres of snowmobile and ATV trails already built throughout Eeyou Istchee.
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17-23—September 24, 2010
Join the missing women’s movementby Will Nicholls
You can see the movement happening all over Canada. In the Yukon, the Minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate Marian C. Horne said, “Reducing the incidence of violence against Aboriginal women continues to be a priority for the Yukon government.”
The BP Platterby Sonny Orr On one of my many forays into the deep south of Quebec – Montreal to be exact – I chanced upon a friend who really could understand the gastronomically inclination of eating out. My general rules for munching in strange countries would be to order something that I couldn’t either cook myself or the ingredients just aren’t readily available for me to use.
Offering a northern perspective
Matthew Mukash is reappointed to the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board for three more yearsby Amy German While it might not give him rock-star status (which he kind of already has), former Grand Chief Matthew Mukash is feeling “excited” about being reappointed to the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board (NAEDB) because of what he can offer to Canada’s Aboriginal people.
Montreal Inuit hostel project cancelled
Borough mayor Anie Samson defends her citizens and blames the Montreal Health Agencyby Amy German Nunavik's Regional Board of Health and Social Services has pulled out of plans to convert Montreal’s defunct Chinese Hospital on Montreal’s St-Denis street into a hostel and cultural center for those receiving medical care in the city.
Teeing off for achievement
Almost 400 Crees flock to Mont Tremblant for the first Cree Achievement Awards Foundation fundraiserby Amy German Chatter in Cree and robust laughter could be heard all the way throughout Mont Tremblant’s resort village and its golf courses on Labour Day weekend as almost 400 Crees and their business partners congregated for a good cause.
Getting to Know You
Newly elected Mistissini Chief Richard Shecapio opens up about his past, present and futureby Amy German
Earlier this summer Richard Shecapio was voted in as Mistissini’s new leader. A family man, Shecapio has been married to Jeanette for 12 years and has two daughters, aged five and nine. Shecapio has a lengthy career working for the local and regional administration, having spent 10 years at the Mistissini Band Council office in various capacities, such as economic development, tourism and, for the last six years, as director of community development.
Mixing sound under the stars
Nemaska hosts a two-day music festivalby Ndiamon
There were times when Nemaska’s music festival felt like a good karaoke night in some lonesome out-of-the-way dive. Which was fun because, who doesn’t love dives and karaoke? Nothing would happen in Cree land if it didn’t start late. Which is why Roger Orr is nervously prowling the stage 45 minutes after the scheduled start time of five o’clock. “I feel f**king good, ready to rock’n’roll!” lies Orr. At six o’clock, the amps crackle to life and the soundcheck starts.
Digging for gold
A groundbreaking ceremony in Matachewan launches $1.5 billion Young-Davidson mineby Xavier Kataquapit
Matachewan First Nation welcomed a host of dignitaries to a groundbreaking ceremony of the $1.5 billion Young-Davidson mine on their traditional lands September 10. Northgate Minerals Corporation officials were joined by provincial, federal, First Nation, regional and municipal leaders in officially celebrating the rebirth of the historic goldmine destined to provide hundreds of jobs in a development that should run for at least 15 years.