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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17-07—February 12, 2010
Assimilation by attritionby Will Nicholls A story we cover this week suggests that the residential school era may only be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Native children.
Business and politics, a nice mixtureby Sonny Orr I recently attended a superb conference on the strengths of the northern people’s determination to do business in the harsh, unforgiving north. Appropriately the conference was called “Northern Lights” and centred on the growing momentum of northern development, big and small business and the future of the north in general.
Crees are fined for hunting while non-Native hunters hunt recklesslyby Amy German Five Cree hunters from Chisasibi were fined approximately $300 by the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) for offences under a Municipality of James Bay (MBJ) bylaw regarding “peace and good order” in December 2009 and early January.
First Nations Tribunal shelved again
Tribunal dates mysteriously vacated while Feds try to have the case thrown outby Amy German The human rights tribunal over whether the federal government discriminates against Native families by underfunding child welfare on reserves has been shelved while the Feds attempt again to have the case dismissed.
On The Road Again
The Montreal International Auto Show was full of cars for the pragmatist and the dreamerby Will Nicholls One time while I was driving in the US a light snow had hit Connecticut. People slowed down like crazy. I slowly passed cars going under the speed limit. When I reached the front I speeded up to the limit. I soon saw a police light flashing in my mirror.
Moose Cree Gets the Right to Play
INAC signs on to develop hockey programs in the north for Ontario Cree nationby Amy German The Moose Cree First Nation will be the first Ontario community to have the privilege of having a child-development-based hockey program designed specifically for them through the Right to Play organization.
Sometimes the most romantic Valentine’s gifts are more about effort than moneyby Amy German It has been called a “Hallmark Holiday” for its synonymity with the rush to buy greeting cards, flowers and heart-shaped boxes of sweets but the day of love did not always have such a consumer-driven meaning.
Education before sports
Two brothers from Chisasibi enjoy their life at Bishop’s College Schoolby Irkar Beljaars Bishop’s College School is a culturally diverse, bilingual, independent boarding and day school for grades seven through 12. Located in Lennoxville, Quebec, the school is now home to Alex and Vincent MacDonald.
Cree Olympic Fever!
Over 90 lucky Crees are headed to Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic Gamesby Amy German
The James Bay Cree have a lot to be excited about with the upcoming 2010 Olympic games! Not only will the Cree Nation host their own day in the athlete’s village Aboriginal Pavilion to showcase Cree arts but many Cree entities will be presenting themselves at the Aboriginal Business Showcase, Cree craft construction will be demonstrated and some very lucky youth will get to attend the event along with many others.