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Waskaganish’s ‘forbidden’ powwow a resounding success

Waskaganish’s ‘forbidden’ powwow a resounding success

It was a windy and rainy evening when we arrived in Waskaganish on the first evening of the community’s much-contested powwow September 21-23. The winds were so strong they knocked the powwow tent down. Besides worrying about the weather, there […]

Eeyou Istchee will tolerate cannabis when Canada legalizes it

Eeyou Istchee will tolerate cannabis when Canada legalizes it

In the past 12 months, according to the Cree Health Board, more than one in four Crees have used cannabis – including more than half of Cree high school students. One in six Cree high schoolers used cannabis daily. Like […]

Biggest natural disaster since 1998 ice storm hits Ottawa

Biggest natural disaster since 1998 ice storm hits Ottawa

The Cree School Board’s post-secondary department (CSBPS) is implementing new safety protocols and procedures to better prepare their students after the six tornadoes that ravaged the Ottawa-Gatineau region last month. Environment Canada reported three tornadoes, most likely EF-1 tornadoes with […]

Volunteers walk Montreal streets to protect the city’s most vulnerable

Volunteers walk Montreal streets to protect the city’s most vulnerable

The Wolf Pack Patrol is a volunteer-run organization started by Al Harrington, a former outreach worker for the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal, just over six months ago in response to a lack of support for the vulnerable Indigenous men […]

Royal Mint releases $30 coin celebrating the fancy dance

Royal Mint releases $30 coin celebrating the fancy dance

The Royal Canadian Mint partnered up with McGill University’s First Peoples’ House (FPH) September 21 to present their new limited edition silver $30 coin depicting a fancy dancer in full regalia. The Mint used the opportunity of the FPH’s 17th […]

Literacy summer camp becoming part of the community fabric

Literacy summer camp becoming part of the community fabric

It has been six years since Frontier College began running summer literacy camps for elementary school students in Eeyou Istchee to prevent summer learning loss. While much remains the same, much has changed – for the better. Mélanie Valcin, the […]

A spiritual nightmare

A spiritual nightmare

It was a dark and stormy night in Val-d’Or when we finally rolled out, destination Waskaganish. It had taken us more than eight hours to make our exit. First, the trailer my brother had bought required a different hitch. Then, […]

Democracy is in a fragile state

Standing up for those who are less fortunate is important. I sometimes wonder what our younger generation is doing to become aware of the politics of this country and how right-wing, well-financed movements are gaining power in provinces in Canada. […]

A happy future

It was the end of the 1980s when he arrived in Chisasibi. The wizened and wise Jewish man standing before us didn’t look like an ordinary teacher. Perhaps a science teacher in a white trench coat might have suited his […]

Keeping warm the Cree way

Winter is coming, and I’m not talking about the phrase made famous by the Game of Thrones series. There are pictures of geese flying south early from all over Eeyou Istchee. Most Cree know (or should know) that this is […]