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Eeyou Istchee’s political women reflect on their experience

Eeyou Istchee’s political women reflect on their experience

Even as they are traditional wardens of the land and mothers to its children, women in Cree politics balance the responsibility of representing the people who have elected them into power. Inspired by the recent election of Mandy Gull as […]

W Dusk brings Indigenous approach to sustainable energy solutions

W Dusk brings Indigenous approach to sustainable energy solutions

The name of Indigenous energy group W Dusk was born from an abbreviation of David Isaac’s traditional M’ikmaq name, which means “northern lights”. It was given to him by his grandfather, also named David Isaac. The company develops Indigenous community-owned […]

Trudeau announces Indigenous Affairs shake-up to mixed reviews

Trudeau announces Indigenous Affairs shake-up to mixed reviews

In an unexpected move, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced August 28 that Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) is being divided into two sections by self-governing and non-self-governing First Nations communities, effectively replacing the current model. Former health minister Jane […]

An ancient treatment for a modern disease

An ancient treatment for a modern disease

  Elder Minnie Awashish never imagined that she would have a key medication compound for diabetes treatment named for her. After nearly 15 years of working with scientists from universities in southern Quebec and Ontario, the Mistissini Elder was surprised […]

The annual Nishiiyuu Council of Elders Gathering brings cultural support to communities

The annual Nishiiyuu Council of Elders Gathering brings cultural support to communities

“Sometimes I forget who I am,” said Douglas Ottereyes after the annual Nishiiyuu Council of Elders Gathering held in Eastmain August 22-25. “The gathering taught me how to keep our tradition alive, our culture and our language. It taught me […]

Panel discussion on ÒA Decade in Review: Achieving the Rights of Indigenous PeoplesÓ (on the occasion of the International Day of the WorldÕs Indigenous Peoples and the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP))

UN committee sees little progress despite new government

Canada last faced the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in 2012, when Stephen Harper’s Conservatives were in power. Now, with Justin Trudeau as prime minister of a Liberal government, Canadian policies were once again under the […]

In another time and place

As I get older, I start to understand what my parents felt with the passage of time. As a teenager, I often noticed my mom Susan and dad Marius become more contemplative as they aged. They would pause and stare […]

Hockey fanatics explained

Hockey fans have been dormant through the summer months, patiently waiting for the first sign of action on the ice. Every die-hard fan eagerly speculates which new or familiar player will be on their team. The rookies, the free-agent signings, […]

Strength, pride and indignation

I was born to a strong, proud, indignant Indigenous woman. She came from a long line of strong, proud, indignant Indigenous women. They spent their whole lives fighting to ensure we, as Indigenous people, inherited a kinder, gentler world. They […]

Niimuuhiikan offers a more personal powwow

Niimuuhiikan offers a more personal powwow

August 19 and 20 marked a weekend of celebration in Mistissini, with the 2017 version of the Niimuuhiikan powwow rolling smoothly and taking place outside on the land despite some inclement weather. JBCCS Executive Director Luke MacLeod said that the […]