Archive for February, 2009

Smart is the new cool

It was an iconic image. When The Economist published a cover image of a moose sporting hip sunglasses to illustrate “Canada’s new spirit” five years ago, the prestigious British magazine intended to highlight the country’s tolerant, progressive governance that complemented […]

To my Grandmother

To my Grandmother

– Are you Cree? – Yes, I am. – Where are you from? – From Waswanipi. My mother is Jane Sagnash and my grandmother is Mary. Ghukum Mary. – Ohhh…of course. I know Ghukum Mary! Some of the Elders even […]

Twilight Turnout Bigger than Expected

In a scene that can only be compared to American Idol auditions, thousands of Canadian and American First Nations individuals flocked to Vancouver for a shot to appear in the sequel to the blockbuster hit, Twilight. The casting-call ad, placed […]

Another Candidacy for AFN Chief

Perry Bellegarde, former Grand Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, formally announced his candidacy for Assembly of First Nations Grand Chief on February 17. The announcement was made in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. Should he be elected, Bellegarde said […]

Taking the Issue of Canada’s Dirty Oil Straight to the American Consumers

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and the Mikisew Cree First Nation want to tell oil consumers south of the border just how dirty Canada’s oil sands products are. Northern Alberta’s Aboriginal communities took out a full-page ad in USA Today, […]

First Nations Bid to replace the cancelled Plains of Abraham Reenactment

In light of the cancellation of the Plains of Abraham reenactment that was scheduled to happen this summer, the Huron-Wendat First Nation has proposed a hatchet-burying ceremony to take its place. The National Battlefields Commission pulled the original event, a […]

Former Kativik Police Chief to Face Corruption Charges

Facing fraud charges after a complaint by the Kativik Regional Government, former Kativik Police Chief Brian Jones has just found himself on the other side of the law. According to Nunatsiaq News, the allegations against Jones stem from a misuse […]

On The Trail Of Technology

I spend a lot of my time on a computer as it is the primary tool for my work. Most people I know also dedicate a lot of their day to a computer at work or home. A computer, especially […]

Keep pesticides out of the house

Would you wash your hands or brush your teeth with pesticides? Would you put them inside your shoes or under your arms? You might be doing it right now without even knowing it. Triclosan (also known as Irgasan and Microban) […]

The outdoors on display

The National Outfitters Hunting and Fishing show had three Cree booths this year. On hand were Osprey Excursions, Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association (COTA) and the Cree Nation of Mistissini tourism people. They had a great presence at a show […]