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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, […]

WWF report a cause for concern in Eeyou Istchee

WWF report a cause for concern in Eeyou Istchee

A new World Wildlife Fund Canada report is raising red flags among staff of the Cree Nation Government (CNG). The WWF study, Living Planet Report Canada, suggests that hundreds of species across the country have faced huge declines in numbers […]

The Cree submission to Quebec’s inquiry on relations with Indigenous people makes waves

The Cree submission to Quebec’s inquiry on relations with Indigenous people makes waves

When Donald Nicholls walked into the dark, cavernous rooms of the Val-d’Or music conservatory, he was searching for justice, but didn’t know if he would find it there. This wasn’t entirely new to Nicholls: walking into a large hall, papers […]

Eeyou Istchee considers its options as legal marijuana legislation approaches

Eeyou Istchee considers its options as legal marijuana legislation approaches

One of Justin Trudeau’s 226 election promises in 2015 was to legalize the recreational use of cannabis in Canada. Despite breaking or ignoring several campaign commitments it appears that his Liberal government will follow through on this one. As Canada […]

Contract tenders create tension for some Cree companies

Contract tenders create tension for some Cree companies

Two Cree business owners facing non-Cree competitors in their communities say the outside firms are causing tensions when contracts are awarded. Kenny Norman Neeposh (Eenou Plumbing and Heating) and Patrick Dixon (Westao Construction) are two entrepreneurs who say they face […]

Tenth anniversary of landmark UN agreement is a time for tempered celebration

Tenth anniversary of landmark UN agreement is a time for tempered celebration

It was a long struggle to finalize negotiations of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations a decade ago. But it’s proving to be an even longer path to the adoption of the UNDRIP by […]

Annie Pootoogook, caught between two worlds

Annie Pootoogook, caught between two worlds

Her life, like her art, was situated between two worlds. And both her worlds featured soaring highs and tragic lows. Annie Pootoogook’s life ended just over a year ago, on September 19, 2016. In her 47 years of life, Pootoogook’s […]

Voices of change: the many ways to testify to the provincial inquiry

Voices of change: the many ways to testify to the provincial inquiry

For Natasia Mukash, it was a difficult decision to come forward and share her story with the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Quebec – known by its French acronym, CERP. “A lot […]

Protest over construction tendering results in two arrests

Protest over construction tendering results in two arrests

A nine-day peaceful protest calling for Cree entities to prioritize contracts to Cree companies in Eeyou Istchee resulted in two brothers being arrested September 6 in Mistissini. The protest started when an electrical company from Chibougamau showed up at a […]

Polar bear management discussions get underway

Polar bear management discussions get underway

Representatives of the coastal Cree Nations, along with hunters from each community, met in Chisasibi in early September to discuss a future polar-bear management regime for the Eeyou Marine Region and the Southern Hudson Bay population. This follows on a […]