Category: News Editorial

Meet the old boss

A quarter-century ago, a group of wild-eyed young people were batting around the idea of founding a newsmagazine to cover the Cree communities of James Bay. They had no resources, no big investor, but they did have the will to […]

The mechanics of justice

There is a vivid anger across Canada over the acquittal of Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley at his second-degree murder trial in the shooting death of the young Cree man Colten Boushie. The lack of Indigenous jurors on an all-white jury […]

Abel Kitchen, 1943-2018

It was with sadness the news reached us of the passing of Abel Kitchen. Abel was a man of many talents and abilities. When the Quebec government announced the “Project of the Century,” a plan to dam Cree lands— he […]

Mining for rights

The Cree of Eeyou Istchee are no strangers to the ravages of the Canadian mining industry. Foregone economic opportunity, toxic contamination of land and waterways, and the loss of crucial wildlife habitat were constant elements wherever the mining companies appeared. […]

A letter to the senator

Dear Senator Lynn Beyak, I see you’re back in the news. Given your flair for putting the wrong foot forward, it comes as no surprise to anyone who follows Canadian politics. What is surprising is that it has taken so […]

It’s a new year

The past year has certainly been one to remember. It wasn’t just the political face of the United States that changed as Trump stomped into the White House, but also the Cree political world. Matthew Coon Come decided that he […]

The Identity Olympics

I remember reading the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2012 – I was applying for an international internship I didn’t get with the UN. No hard feelings, it probably went to someone infinitely more worthy. […]

The will of the people

Though it’s hard to see the trees for the forest as they say, a few trees stand out, such as the positive response of football fans to being welcomed to unceded Algonquin territory during opening ceremonies of the Grey Cup […]

The best gifts of all

The holidays are upon us and it’s a wonderful how we gather together to celebrate them. At times, however, the celebrations can take a toll on our communities. Every year we hear of accidents involving injuries and even the loss […]

The Anniversary of the JBNQA

I consider it the highest privilege to have been elected to be the Grand Chief of the Cree Nation – a privilege that I promise to fulfill to the best of my ability. It is a profoundly humbling feeling to […]