Category: Culture and Tradition

Small Town, Big History: Waskaganish 350 in photos

Small Town, Big History: Waskaganish 350 in photos

Photos by Ian Diamond For four days in February the community of Waskaganish became the centre of all Eeyou Istchee as it commemorated its 350th anniversary. The community traces its modern history back to 1668, when Europeans arrived on its […]

Walter George Bosum  July 31, 1968 – February 11, 2018

Walter George Bosum July 31, 1968 – February 11, 2018

If you ever saw a group of people standing in a circle and Walter was in it, you would have heard them laughing. If you ever drove by his house, most likely, you would see a pair of legs sticking […]

Celebrating the last 350 years of Waskaganish

Celebrating the last 350 years of Waskaganish

On September 29, 1668, a small British ship called the Nonsuch anchored in Rupert Bay, at the mouth of the Rupert River. It wasn’t the first time Europeans had been there, says historian Dr. Joseph Jolly. Many believe Henry Hudson […]

The decline of the woodland caribou is everyone’s responsibility, says Grand Council

The decline of the woodland caribou is everyone’s responsibility, says Grand Council

The Grand Council of the Crees (GCC) is calling on every member of the Cree Nation to do their part to protect a dwindling herd of woodland caribou. In a recently adopted resolution, the GCC condemned caribou hunting in Eeyou […]

Where to give so that all Cree can enjoy the seasonal feast this holiday season

Where to give so that all Cree can enjoy the seasonal feast this holiday season

While sugar-plum fairies may be dancing in the minds of some children of the north come Christmas, for others it’s a time of worry that they won’t get to participate in part of the fun and joy that is Christmas. […]

Robin's Nest Opening Waswanipi Sept 25, 2017 Photo: K. Morrow

Waswanipi shelter offers a safe haven for abused women and children

  They say it takes a community to raise a child but the Cree have learned it takes one to protect women also. Robin’s Nest, a women’s shelter located in Waswanipi, opened its doors on September 25. Linda L. Shecapio, […]

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 […]

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 […]

First People’s Fest explores issues of Indigenous identity

First People’s Fest explores issues of Indigenous identity

Aboriginal culture and recognition was celebrated during the 27th First People’s Festival in Montréal August 2-9 with films, live music and art installations that showcased multi-disciplinary Indigenous art from around the globe. The opening gala at the BanQ National Library […]

Whapmagoostui launches ‘Helping Homes’ to address housing crisis

Whapmagoostui launches ‘Helping Homes’ to address housing crisis

In response to Whapmagoostui’s severe housing shortage, Chief Louisa Wynne has turned to North Bay, Ontario-based SuperSHELL Homes Corporation. Chief Wynne was in North Bay July 19 to announce the launch of the Washkahagun Wechihitowin (“Helping Homes”) project along with […]