IN THE ISSUE

  • Eeyou Istchee will tolerate cannabis when Canada legalizes it

    Eeyou Istchee will tolerate cannabis when Canada legalizes it

    October 14, 2018 at 10:26 am

    In the past 12 months, according to the Cree Health Board, more than one in four Crees have used cannabis – including more than half of Cree high school students. One in six Cree high schoolers used cannabis daily. Like alcohol in eight of the nine Cree communities, cannabis is federally outlawed, but it’s not difficult to obtain. If..

  • Biggest natural disaster since 1998 ice storm hits Ottawa

    Biggest natural disaster since 1998 ice storm hits Ottawa

    October 14, 2018 at 10:24 am

    The Cree School Board’s post-secondary department (CSBPS) is implementing new safety protocols and procedures to better prepare their students after the six tornadoes that ravaged the Ottawa-Gatineau region last month. Environment Canada reported three tornadoes, most likely EF-1 tornadoes with wind speeds between 135-175 kms per..

  • Volunteers walk Montreal streets to protect the city’s most vulnerable

    Volunteers walk Montreal streets to protect the city’s most vulnerable

    October 14, 2018 at 10:21 am

    The Wolf Pack Patrol is a volunteer-run organization started by Al Harrington, a former outreach worker for the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal, just over six months ago in response to a lack of support for the vulnerable Indigenous men and women of Montreal. Harrington and several volunteers gather three days a week at around..

  • Royal Mint releases $30 coin celebrating the fancy dance

    Royal Mint releases $30 coin celebrating the fancy dance

    October 14, 2018 at 10:18 am

    The Royal Canadian Mint partnered up with McGill University’s First Peoples’ House (FPH) September 21 to present their new limited edition silver $30 coin depicting a fancy dancer in full regalia. The Mint used the opportunity of the FPH’s 17th annual powwow, which took place in a tent on the main field of the university’s..

UPDATES

Literacy summer camp becoming part of the community fabric

Literacy summer camp becoming part of the community fabric

October 14, 2018 at 10:16 am

It has been six years since Frontier College began running summer literacy camps for elementary school students in Eeyou Istchee..

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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

September 13, 2018 at 8:36 pm

The tundra will be alive with the sound of music this month as the world-renowned Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) brings..

CULTURE & TRADITION

A spiritual nightmare

A spiritual nightmare

October 14, 2018 at 10:15 am

It was a dark and stormy night in Val-d’Or when we finally rolled out, destination Waskaganish. It had taken us more than eight..

SPORTS

Vincent MacDonald’s football journey from the James Bay Eagles to the McGill Redmen

Vincent MacDonald’s football journey from the James Bay Eagles to the McGill Redmen

September 29, 2018 at 8:49 am

It was a hot and sunny afternoon September 15 at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal when the McGill Redmen and Concordia..

In The Issue

How rumours almost led to an evacuation of Chisasibi

How rumours almost led to an evacuation of Chisasibi

Chisasibi Public Safety Officer Brian Wadden was settling down at home to watch a movie just before 9 pm September 1, when he received a call from his mother telling him there was a problem with the LG-2 dam. “She […]

Annual suicide prevention conference held in Chisasibi

Annual suicide prevention conference held in Chisasibi

Whether or not it’s affected your life directly, suicide is a difficult topic. “It’s not something you discuss in your home,” said Doris Bobbish, a Social Services Coordinator for the Cree Board of Health of Social Services of James Bay […]

Historic inaccuracies

I am writing about an article published in the Nation (Vol 25, No 21) August 17, “Oral history prevails; Hudson Bay Company’s first trading post is where the Cree said it was,” by Felix von Geyer. There are numerous mistakes […]

Vincent MacDonald’s football journey from the James Bay Eagles to the McGill Redmen

Vincent MacDonald’s football journey from the James Bay Eagles to the McGill Redmen

It was a hot and sunny afternoon September 15 at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal when the McGill Redmen and Concordia Stingers faced off for the 50th annual Shaughnessy Cup, a trophy awarded to the winner of a football […]

Provincial candidates offer their vision for Ungava after the October 1 election

Provincial candidates offer their vision for Ungava after the October 1 election

The Nation interviewed provincial election candidates in the Ungava riding to discuss their platforms regarding for the varied Indigenous population of the region. As is to be expected of a riding with the lowest voter turnout rate in Quebec, some […]

Cree Trappers’ Association celebrates 40 years of Cree culture

Cree Trappers’ Association celebrates 40 years of Cree culture

The Cree Trappers’ Association celebrated its 40th anniversary at its general assembly in Mistissini by honouring past leaders who helped the CTA preserve traditional Cree culture during the past four decades since the signing of the James Bay and Northern […]

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 […]