Category: In The Issue

A lack of consultation on proposed federal rights framework is raised

A lack of consultation on proposed federal rights framework is raised

First Nations leaders are raising concerns about a proposed set of policies and laws from the federal government. Announced last February 14 by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the proposed Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework was touted as a way […]

The 18-month-long investigation into MMIWG concludes

The 18-month-long investigation into MMIWG concludes

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls held its final hearings December 10-14 in Ottawa, where it received submissions and recommendations from institutions and special parties of official standing. The commission heard 34 presentations from groups […]

More than 80 hockey and broomball teams compete at Val-d’Or tournament

More than 80 hockey and broomball teams compete at Val-d’Or tournament

An annual tradition was renewed the first weekend of December as Cree hockey players and fans from across Eeyou Istchee converged on Val-d’Or for the 38th CREE Senior Hockey and Broomball Tournament. This year’s event was as big as ever, […]

Crees host innovative conference on justice and Indigenous people

Crees host innovative conference on justice and Indigenous people

Justice continues to be an elusive creature beginning when colonial powers first imposed their systems upon Indigenous peoples around the world. In almost every case it seemed there were two justice systems – one for the colonizers who became the […]

Robert Baribeau battles back from losing a leg

Robert Baribeau battles back from losing a leg

It takes more than the loss of a leg to stop Robert Baribeau. The 48-year-old president of Cree Construction underwent surgery to remove his right leg about six inches below the knee November 21, following a bizarre series of complications […]

Quebec’s new history curriculum is a “one-sided view” that must be replaced, say critics

Quebec’s new history curriculum is a “one-sided view” that must be replaced, say critics

History textbooks in Canada have long served to justify the unjust treatment of First Nations by the Europeans. According to a report by the province’s largest English school board, that hasn’t changed. Today’s high-school students in Quebec are receiving a […]

Lessons learned from the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement

Lessons learned from the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) hosted a community gathering in Montreal December 4 to hear from Indian residential school survivors and how they have fared since the Canadian government’s settlement agreement in 2006. Funded by Crown-Indigenous Relations […]

Stormie Diamond (Age 14): 
Stormie's artwork represents her legacy using her own portrait facing the portrait of her paternal grandfather, Billy Diamond. Her symbols represent her Cree Culture and Language, something Stormie feels has been passed down to her by her grandfather the Late Billy Diamond. She symbolizes Cree Culture with her use of the medicine wheel, Siigabon (the traditional way of cooking Goose over a fire), and the hides. Language is represented by the Cree Syllabics in the centre of her piece. Stormie has placed the Cree Syllabics in the centre of her image as a symbol for its significance in passing down culture and legacy in her family and community.

Mikw Chiyâm arts program asks Cree students to reflect on past generations

When Trisha Blackned didn’t feel like going to school, she found motivation in Mikw Chiyâm. “I would get excited to go to class and finish my art projects,” said the Waskaganish resident who participated in the arts program in 2015-2016. […]

Montreal mural honours filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin

Montreal mural honours filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin

  A new mural in downtown Montreal portrays an image of Alanis Obomsawin, based on an old black-and-white photograph, running in the snow in Moose Factory. She pulls a group of children from behind her by the hand, looking back […]

Sophie Bosum on life and loss after being recognized for her contributions to Eeyou Istchee

Sophie Bosum on life and loss after being recognized for her contributions to Eeyou Istchee

It hasn’t been an easy year for Sophie Bosum. Between personal health battles and the sudden loss of her youngest son Nathaniel in a motocross accident, she has faced adversity and overwhelming grief. Even as she was sharing her story […]