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  • 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 a Cree-language chamber opera to the north. From September 9-19, maestro Kent Nagano and the OSM’s musicians will trace a path from Nunavik through Quebec’s interior toward the Lower North Shore,..

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

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

    September 13, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    “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 spread out in front of her and her late grandmother, Helen Weistchee, sat across from her. Her grandmother..

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

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

    September 13, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    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 under the premise of best practices for the protection of the land and environment. Initially,..

  • Waswanipi hosts the Nishiiyuu Council of Elders cultural gathering

    Waswanipi hosts the Nishiiyuu Council of Elders cultural gathering

    September 13, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    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 Nation Youth Council, the Cree Women of Eeyou Istchee Association..

UPDATES

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

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

September 13, 2018 at 8:46 pm

The Nation interviewed provincial election candidates in the Ungava riding to discuss their platforms regarding for the varied..

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Nation was well represented at Osheaga

The Nation was well represented at Osheaga

August 31, 2018 at 4:48 pm

by Dan Isaac and Matt Dessner In its 13th iteration, the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival, the crown jewel of Canadian music festivals,..

CULTURE & TRADITION

Cree Trappers’ Association celebrates 40 years of Cree culture

Cree Trappers’ Association celebrates 40 years of Cree culture

September 13, 2018 at 8:42 pm

The Cree Trappers’ Association celebrated its 40th anniversary at its general assembly in Mistissini by honouring past leaders..

SPORTS

Justin MacLeod and Noah Neeposh take home hockey gold in Italy

Justin MacLeod and Noah Neeposh take home hockey gold in Italy

August 31, 2018 at 4:51 pm

Like most 11-year-olds, Justin MacLeod of Mistissini and Waswanipi’s Noah Neeposh love to play hockey and to play video games..

In The Issue

First edition of the Eeyou Nigamuun Festival rocks Whapmagoostui

First edition of the Eeyou Nigamuun Festival rocks Whapmagoostui

Accessible only by air or by ship in late summer, organizing events in the northernmost Eeyou Istchee community of Whapmagoostui is no easy feat. However, that didn’t stop a dedicated group of community members from launching an ambitious five-day music […]

Cree writer pens book of short stories about growing up two-spirited in Eeyou Istcheen

Cree writer pens book of short stories about growing up two-spirited in Eeyou Istcheen

Storm clouds loomed over the office skylight at Native Montreal as soft-spoken Mathias Jolly, a.k.a. Maloose, introduced the audience to his newly published book Fragments. The Mistissini-born man launched a self-published collection of short stories at the organization’s home on […]

The Mikw Chiyâm festival launches a new generation of artists

The Mikw Chiyâm festival launches a new generation of artists

The Mikw Chiyâm team held its third annual arts festival June 23 in Nemaska. This is the end-of-year gathering for all students enrolled in the Mikw Chiyâm Arts Concentration Program in the James Bay area. The students displayed artwork, both […]

Cree-owned company opens new Val-d’Or hotel in record time

Cree-owned company opens new Val-d’Or hotel in record time

When Tony Gull, president of Tawich Development Corporation, told his board that building a new hotel in Val-d’Or would be a good idea, everyone readily agreed. They all knew that finding a room in this northern city was often be […]

Tea & Bannock: Cultural appropriation by the alt-right

Tea & Bannock: Cultural appropriation by the alt-right

Living in Montreal exposes me to political dynamics in Quebec. I’ve been engaging in public debates as a columnist for the newspaper Métro Montréal for about a year and a half now, so part of my job is to follow […]

Val-d’Or dinner nets a fortune for the Cree Cultural Institute

Val-d’Or dinner nets a fortune for the Cree Cultural Institute

An estimated $72,800 was donated to the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute (ACCI) during a fundraiser dinner June 13 in Val-d’Or. The funds will go towards community activities that support joint-partnerships between the Val-d’Or region and the Cree Nation. The Secretariat […]

The Montreal Native Women’s Shelter Spirit Walk beats fundraising record

The Montreal Native Women’s Shelter Spirit Walk beats fundraising record

  Bigger and stronger than ever, the 2018 edition of the’s Spirit Walk attracted 175 walkers and raised an unprecedented $32,000 to pay for a healing retreat and other services for the women and children staying in the shelter. “It’s […]

Montreal and Val d’Or celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

Montreal and Val d’Or celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

As the solstice sun sparkled on the mighty river, the warm air was full of jubilant song and dance, carrying a spirit of hope and healing for Canada’s First Nations. It is fitting that National Indigenous Peoples Day is held […]

Indigenous artwork showcased at G7 summit

Indigenous artwork showcased at G7 summit

While the recent G7 Summit of world leaders in Charlevoix may be best remembered for Donald Trump’s parting shots at Justin Trudeau, some commentators lauded its achievements in promoting gender equality and ocean protections. Indigenous leaders hoped that the global […]

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto turns design into empowerment

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto turns design into empowerment

Beautifully blending culture, tradition and design, Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto succeeded in presenting something far beyond a conventional fashion show. From May 31 to June 2, models strutted the work of Indigenous designers from around the world up and down […]