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Waswanipi culture school program takes hands-on approach to traditional values

Waswanipi culture school program takes hands-on approach to traditional values

Waswanapi teacher Flora Otter begins her day quite differently than most of her colleagues. In the mornings, she might work with the girls in the school to gather ingredients they will cook that afternoon: beaver, geese, partridges or rabbits – […]

Eeyou Istchee mourns Waskaganish hunting party

Eeyou Istchee mourns Waskaganish hunting party

As the search for missing hunters from the community of Waskaganish continues into its third week, grim reality has begun to set in after two of the four men were discovered drowned. First, the body of 48-year-old Patrick Salt was […]

Regional Government running world’s largest municipality still little understood

Regional Government running world’s largest municipality still little understood

Even though the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government (EIJBRG) has been in place since 2014, questions remain about its role. The Nation reached Grand Chief Abel Bosum, the current chairperson of the Regional Government, to clear up some of […]

Winning the Holidays

Winning the Holidays

For most people, the Christmas holidays are about unconditional love, togetherness and family – we here at the Nation respectfully disagree. Maybe once upon a time it was about all those warm mushy feelings. To a point, all that is […]

Big Sugar

Big Sugar

Here are some ways to reduce sugar consumption by Dr. Sharon Messinger There’s a long-term war raging for people’s money led by what I call “Big Sugar”. Sugar is everywhere in the community and it’s cheap compared to healthy foods. It’s […]

On the grid:  ECN hubs bring communications goals closer to fruition

On the grid: ECN hubs bring communications goals closer to fruition

Having recently started operations in Amos, Eeyou Communications Network (ECN) is now shifting its focus to the next phase of its ambitious internet strategy: giving access to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services across Eeyou Istchee. On November 1, ECN inaugurated a new […]

imagineNATIVE offers opportunities for Indigenous filmmakers

imagineNATIVE offers opportunities for Indigenous filmmakers

imagineNATIVE is a celebration of Indigenous film. It’s also a hustle for executives trying to find the next big name in Indigenous cinema and Indigenous filmmakers looking for funding or distribution for their work. In other words, it’s a working […]

The first snow

I spent the afternoon working around my cottage preparing for winter, putting away anything that was unprotected from the ice and snow. Then I stored anything that could freeze and sheltered anything that could be moved. I cleared a lot […]

The Anniversary of the JBNQA

I consider it the highest privilege to have been elected to be the Grand Chief of the Cree Nation – a privilege that I promise to fulfill to the best of my ability. It is a profoundly humbling feeling to […]

A 60s Scoop survivor discusses Ottawa’s compensation offer

A 60s Scoop survivor discusses Ottawa’s compensation offer

“The government is really cheap! It’s really surreal and really insulting, considering all of the things that Indigenous people have gone through.” Nakuset, the First Nations activist and Director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, was speaking about the […]