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Stormie Diamond (Age 14): 
Stormie's artwork represents her legacy using her own portrait facing the portrait of her paternal grandfather, Billy Diamond. Her symbols represent her Cree Culture and Language, something Stormie feels has been passed down to her by her grandfather the Late Billy Diamond. She symbolizes Cree Culture with her use of the medicine wheel, Siigabon (the traditional way of cooking Goose over a fire), and the hides. Language is represented by the Cree Syllabics in the centre of her piece. Stormie has placed the Cree Syllabics in the centre of her image as a symbol for its significance in passing down culture and legacy in her family and community.

Mikw Chiyâm arts program asks Cree students to reflect on past generations

When Trisha Blackned didn’t feel like going to school, she found motivation in Mikw Chiyâm. “I would get excited to go to class and finish my art projects,” said the Waskaganish resident who participated in the arts program in 2015-2016. […]

Montreal mural honours filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin

Montreal mural honours filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin

  A new mural in downtown Montreal portrays an image of Alanis Obomsawin, based on an old black-and-white photograph, running in the snow in Moose Factory. She pulls a group of children from behind her by the hand, looking back […]

Sophie Bosum on life and loss after being recognized for her contributions to Eeyou Istchee

Sophie Bosum on life and loss after being recognized for her contributions to Eeyou Istchee

It hasn’t been an easy year for Sophie Bosum. Between personal health battles and the sudden loss of her youngest son Nathaniel in a motocross accident, she has faced adversity and overwhelming grief. Even as she was sharing her story […]

Second Robin’s Nest opens in Waskaganish

Second Robin’s Nest opens in Waskaganish

There was a veritable buzz in the air at the inauguration of Piipiichaau Uchishtuun (Robin’s Nest), the new woman’s shelter in Waskaganish, which will bring culturally sensitive social services to women in coastal communities. Spearheaded by Virginia Wabano, with support […]

The Giving Season:  a donation guide for the holidays

The Giving Season: a donation guide for the holidays

Once the tree is up and the gifts wrapped, those with a little extra should consider sharing the warmth with families in need this holiday season so that everyone can feel the love. The following is a list of places […]

Questions remain over Chisasibi spending for a respite home that has yet to be built

Questions remain over Chisasibi spending for a respite home that has yet to be built

Further evidence has surfaced that appear to corroborate previous allegations of financial irregularities in the spending of funds intended to construct a respite centre in Chisasibi. The controversy first surfaced at Chisasibi’s annual general assembly in August, when the band […]

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Chisasibi teenager continues his quest to become Canada’s fastest cube solver

“We were told that he would be slower than kids his age,” said Emily Matoush, recalling a visit to the Montreal Children’s Hospital with her son Walter, who at the time was only two or three years old. Now in […]

Oh Christmas Mulch

This Christmas I’ve decided to go a little greener and a little more Scroogier. Not that I don’t like Christmas, but I don’t get off on all the materialistic stuff with the waste that ends up slowly killing our planet. […]

The water bottle threat

For some time now huge companies have been bottling groundwater and selling it for huge profits. Companies like Nestlé pay very little for this public resource. Many people believe water is becoming the new gold and that future wars will […]

A Christian thing to do?

It’s not a new thing for Indigenous people to experience the determination Christians have to spread the word of God. Some historical speculation even suggests that the name Europeans use for us, Cree, is derived from a French word – […]