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Festivities across Eeyou Istchee bring joy and prizes

Festivities across Eeyou Istchee bring joy and prizes

Continuing the tradition of large community gatherings, many Eeyou communities hosted celebrations to ring in the New Year. And while every community handles their celebration differently, the family friendly events usually involved some combination of music, dancing, fireworks, games, contests, […]

After decade-long struggle, the Kijaté Indigenous housing project nears completion

After decade-long struggle, the Kijaté Indigenous housing project nears completion

A ceremony held June 21 at the Val-d’Or Aboriginal Day celebrations commemorated the Kijaté Project, a social housing initiative aimed at creating affordable housing for Indigenous families living in the Val-d’Or area. But it was a long time coming. According […]

Delilah Saunders in recovery from acute liver failure

Delilah Saunders in recovery from acute liver failure

Delilah Saunders is a fighter. An artist, an author and a composer, the Inuk for Labrador is also an activist on behalf of Indigenous women. It was no surprise that Saunders was awarded the 2017 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Eeyou Istchee mourns Waskaganish hunting party

Eeyou Istchee mourns Waskaganish hunting party

As the search for missing hunters from the community of Waskaganish continues into its third week, grim reality has begun to set in after two of the four men were discovered drowned. First, the body of 48-year-old Patrick Salt was […]

Regional Government running world’s largest municipality still little understood

Regional Government running world’s largest municipality still little understood

Even though the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government (EIJBRG) has been in place since 2014, questions remain about its role. The Nation reached Grand Chief Abel Bosum, the current chairperson of the Regional Government, to clear up some of […]

Trudeau announces Indigenous Affairs shake-up to mixed reviews

Trudeau announces Indigenous Affairs shake-up to mixed reviews

In an unexpected move, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced August 28 that Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) is being divided into two sections by self-governing and non-self-governing First Nations communities, effectively replacing the current model. Former health minister Jane […]

Panel discussion on ÒA Decade in Review: Achieving the Rights of Indigenous PeoplesÓ (on the occasion of the International Day of the WorldÕs Indigenous Peoples and the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP))

UN committee sees little progress despite new government

Canada last faced the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in 2012, when Stephen Harper’s Conservatives were in power. Now, with Justin Trudeau as prime minister of a Liberal government, Canadian policies were once again under the […]