Category: Culture and Tradition

MoCreebec launches Cree-language classes

MoCreebec launches Cree-language classes

When Alyssa Gunner traveled from Moose Factory to Chisasibi this summer for a youth gathering, she said she felt “out of place” because she could not communicate in Cree. Gunner was one of seven MoCreebec youth who went to 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, […]

Cree Trappers’ Association celebrates 40 years of Cree culture

Cree Trappers’ Association celebrates 40 years of Cree culture

The Cree Trappers’ Association celebrated its 40th anniversary at its general assembly in Mistissini by honouring past leaders who helped the CTA preserve traditional Cree culture during the past four decades since the signing of the James Bay and Northern […]

photo by Saige Mukash

Referendum called in Waskaganish to decide on cultural event

A referendum has been called in Waskaganish to decide the fate of the community’s first powwow, despite winning approval from the local band council. Fierce opposition by Chief Darlene Cheechoo and some community organizations has turned what is normally a […]

CTA to launch trapping course for Cree youth

CTA to launch trapping course for Cree youth

From animal sounds and bird calls to constructing a permanent all-year campsite, Cree youth may soon have better opportunities to learn the slowly dwindling art of their trapping culture. “Twenty-five per cent of Cree are under 20 years old,” Fred […]

Sweltering heat couldn’t stop Kahnawake’s 2018 Powwow

Sweltering heat couldn’t stop Kahnawake’s 2018 Powwow

Despite the scorching heat and dry conditions, throngs of people flocked to Kahnawake over the July 14-15 weekend for the 28th annual “Echoes of a Proud Nation” Powwow. More than 8300 visitors, dancers, vendors and food vendors from across Turtle […]

Montreal and Val d’Or celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

Montreal and Val d’Or celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

As the solstice sun sparkled on the mighty river, the warm air was full of jubilant song and dance, carrying a spirit of hope and healing for Canada’s First Nations. It is fitting that National Indigenous Peoples Day is held […]

Tea and Bannock: Love letter to Indigenous youth

Tea and Bannock: Love letter to Indigenous youth

  The thing I like the most about my work is connecting with other Indigenous youth. We are often seen as cold statistics about suicide, incarceration or child welfare. But the youth are truly out there organizing revolution, creating and […]

The Nation’s annual roundup of ways to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

The Nation’s annual roundup of ways to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

This June 21 marks Canada’s first official National Indigenous Peoples Day. Of course, it’s not a new day, nor a statutory holiday – just a name for a day. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the name-change announcement during last year’s […]

Scanned Document

Building on the past: honouring the architect of Oujé-Bougoumou’s first structure

A Shaputuan – sometimes spelled sabutan – is a traditional Cree longhouse shelter with a door on each end. One door represents a respect for knowledge passed forward from the Elders. The other symbolizes new kinds of learning taken out […]