Category: In The Issue

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Road to recognition: MoCreebec’s acceptance as the 11th Cree community paves way for provincial and federal negotiations

A resolution passed at the Grand Council of the Crees/Cree Nation Government (GCC/CNG) council board meeting November 22 seeks to make good on a 40-year-old promise. “It was recognized during the negotiations of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement […]

Province says curriculum changes are a path to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples

Province says curriculum changes are a path to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples

When a group of Ottawa high school students approached Vice-Principal Michelle Gauthier about sleeping overnight in a teepee to raise awareness about water issues in First Nations communities, she thought it was a great idea. It was a natural evolution […]

Trudeau government support for Bill C-262 is not yet a time for celebration

Trudeau government support for Bill C-262 is not yet a time for celebration

Applause and surprise met Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s announcement that the Trudeau Liberals would move to support bill C-262 – a private member’s bill sponsored by Romeo Saganash, the NDP MP for Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou. Tabled in the House of Commons in […]

Robert Ottereyes is fondly remembered across Eeyou Istchee

Robert Ottereyes is fondly remembered across Eeyou Istchee

Robert L. Ottereyes, known to many as Lobbut, passed away at Montreal’s Royal Victoria Hospital November 17 at around 2 am. He was a member of the Cree Nation of Waswanipi, where he was laid to rest November 22. In […]

After 185 years of municipal elections, Montreal voters finally put an Indigenous person on city council

After 185 years of municipal elections, Montreal voters finally put an Indigenous person on city council

Marie-Josée Parent only moved to Montreal as an adult, but quickly fell in love with the city. A few years later, she made history as the first Indigenous person elected as a city councilor since Montreal was incorporated as a […]

Abitibi-Témiscamingue First Nations fight for fair compensation from mining companies

Abitibi-Témiscamingue First Nations fight for fair compensation from mining companies

Protesters targeted the annual Quebec Mines conference with the message that exploration or exploitation on ancestral Anishnabe territory will no longer happen without their consent. Members of Anishnabeg First Nations, including Abitibiwinni Chief David Kistabish and Vice-Chief of Lac-Simon Pamela […]

Documentary on the Sixties Scoop illuminates a universal thread

Documentary on the Sixties Scoop illuminates a universal thread

Birth of a Family is a touching chronicle of four siblings coming together, 50 years after being torn apart by the Sixties Scoop. In association the National Film Board and directed by Cree-Nakota filmmaker Tasha Hubbard, the documentary follows the […]

Protest targets Trudeau government’s refusal to follow court orders on funding children’s services

Protest targets Trudeau government’s refusal to follow court orders on funding children’s services

After a series of federal rulings that Canada was discriminating against First Nations children, Indigenous organizations held a National Day of Action on First Nations Child Welfare in Ottawa recently. The event was organized by the Assembly of First Nations […]

Brian Webb’s business provides for Chisasibi and keeps community traditions alive

Brian Webb’s business provides for Chisasibi and keeps community traditions alive

Just before Christmas a few years ago, Brian Webb’s mother set out to buy presents in Chisasibi for her granddaughters in Montreal. To her dismay, she found there weren’t many options available in her home community. “She couldn’t find anything,” […]

Senate bill restores Indian Status to children born to women who married non-Natives

Senate bill restores Indian Status to children born to women who married non-Natives

A political showdown between the Canadian Senate and the House of Commons ended by answering one father’s dream – returning Indian Status to hundreds of thousands across Canada. Indigenous Senator Lillian Dyck was in tears at the November 7 announcement, […]