Archive for April, 2009

Volunteers Needed in the Search for Maisy Odjick and Shannon Alexander

The families of Maisy Odjick, 16, and Shannon Alexander, 17, have joined forces with the team from Search and Global One in an ongoing effort to recover clues to the teens’ whereabouts. The girls, who are both from the Algonquin […]

More Dead Ducks than Previously Estimated in Alberta’s Oil Sands

Syncrude Canada president Tom Katinas has announced that 1,606 ducks died in one of the company’s tailings ponds last spring and not the original 500 that was suspected. The ducks drowned in the tailings pond last spring and the original […]

The Journey Ends and a New Chapter Begins

The second leg of the Journey through Eeyou Istchee, “Journey of Hope, Embracing Life”, finished in celebration on March 28 in Waskaganish. The first leg of the journey began through the inland Cree communities during the winter of 2008, while […]

New Study Suggests Native Children Have 4X Higher Death Rate

A groundbreaking new study released by Health Canada suggests that Indigenous children in Canada and several other developed countries have an infant mortality rate four times higher than the non-Indigenous populations of those countries. The 18-month-long study, Indigenous Children’s Health […]

Sunglasses Are A Sure Sign Of Spring

My parents were visiting recently this spring. My dad Marius wanted to buy sunglasses in the worst way. He was considering some fashion glasses that were expensive and I convinced him to head to a dollar store. He took advantage […]

Following the Dream

Vern Cooper, who plays for the Michigan-based Plymouth Whalers, is a member of the Waswanipi Cree First Nation. Like a lot of youth, Cooper started skating at the age of four and was playing hockey by the age of five. […]

Playing the Blame Game

Playing the Blame Game

Driving from Waswanipi recently, Brian Craik, the Cree Regional Authority’s Director of Federal Relations, noticed a few frontend loaders digging up a settling pond near Slam Creek. Last June, the road Craik was driving on had been washed out after […]

Learning about the Environment

For as much as the land and environment within Eeyou Istchee has always been ultimately precious to the Crees, many of them have never considered the possibility of developing a career that is all about preserving this precious resource. This […]

Standing Up Against Racism

Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, First Nations came together with non-Natives in Chibougamau and in Val-d’Or to celebrate in solidarity. The city of Val-d’Or’s celebrations were triumphant this year according to the Friendship Centre’s Executive […]

Poor planning by INAC affects children

Both the high school and elementary school in Attawapiskat are closed, the people are in a panic and Indian and Northern Affairs is not giving any answers. During the Ontario spring break, INAC decided that it was time to tear […]