Category: In The Issue

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 […]

New Cree chamber opera Chaakapesh: The Trickster’s Quest Comes to the North

New Cree chamber opera Chaakapesh: The Trickster’s Quest Comes to the North

The tundra will be alive with the sound of music this month as the world-renowned Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) brings a Cree-language chamber opera to the north. From September 9-19, maestro Kent Nagano and the OSM’s musicians will trace […]

Flora Weistchee’s beaded artwork is dedicated to all Indigenous women

Flora Weistchee’s beaded artwork is dedicated to all Indigenous women

“It came to me in a dream in 2015,” said recent Facebook phenom Flora Weistchee, artisan and designer of a beading project called My Grandmother’s Garden. In her dream Flora was at her kitchen table with a full caribou hide […]

Cree community develops state-of-the-art waste management system

Cree community develops state-of-the-art waste management system

As stewards of the land, the Cree Nation of Mistissini is walking the talk when it comes to recycling and waste management. According to Mistissini Public Services Manager Jonathan MacLeod, the idea for the community’s Eco-centre was put into place […]

Waswanipi hosts the Nishiiyuu Council of Elders cultural gathering

Waswanipi hosts the Nishiiyuu Council of Elders cultural gathering

As part of its ongoing mission to preserve Cree culture and traditional practices, the Nishiiyuu Council of Elders held its eighth annual cultural celebration August 20-23 in Waswanipi. This year’s gathering was a collaboration between the Nishiiyuu Council, the Cree […]

Progress and renewal of the Cree Nation

Progress and renewal of the Cree Nation

The recent death of his son Nathaniel in a motocross racing accident made this year’s annual general meeting a challenge for Grand Chief Abel Bosum. But he said the community of Crees meeting to share and plan the way ahead, […]

Former chief petitions for new election in Waswanipi

Former chief petitions for new election in Waswanipi

A former three-term chief of Waswanipi has been nominated to run again as chief of the community. Whether or not he’ll be able to run, however, is still up in the air. John Kitchen was Chief of Waswanipi for 10 […]

Controversies heat up Chisasibi AGA

Controversies heat up Chisasibi AGA

Chisasibi’s recent Annual General Assembly featured particularly heated debate, including allegations of financial misconduct and an overall lack of transparency. A conduct committee found one council member guilty of violating the community’s code of ethics, resulting in his resignation. After […]

The Graduates

The Graduates

Although I’m sure to most it feels like the school year just ended, another is upon us as the summer draws to a close. Soon, our future leaders, those who’ll form the foundation of our society, will be heading back […]

Mistissini’s Young Entrepreneur Symposium prepares the next Cree leaders

Mistissini’s Young Entrepreneur Symposium prepares the next Cree leaders

Mistissini was buzzing in early August when the Young Entrepreneur Symposium (YES) poured out of the Youth Centre and into the community with a combination of interactive challenges and inspiring guest speakers. About 60 youth between the ages of 13 […]