Archive for July, 2009

Philip Awashish is now a Doctor

On June 11, McMaster University awarded Philip Awashish a degree as a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. McMaster President Peter George said the degree was given because of Awashish’s contributions to Aboriginal rights, culture, governance and laws. George commented on […]

The flu has moved into Eeyou Istchee

The Cree Health Board reports there are cases of H1N1 flu have been confirmed in Eeyou Istchee. The Quebec Health Ministry has confirmed there are two cases. All residents are requested to wash their hands frequently. Try not to touch […]

First Nation People Are Nomads At Heart

My people, the Mushkego Cree, from along the James Bay coast have a tradition of travelling the land. We come from a nomadic culture and before our people lived in permanent settlements, we moved from place to place several times […]

Bush Program Dishes it Up

I was surprised and happy to find a group of James Bay Cree youth and families on Aboriginal Day at the 12th annual Batshaw Powwow in Prévost. This annual powwow presented by Batshaw Youth and Family Centres is only 45 […]

No Free Thought Here

Alanis Obomsawin is Canada’s best known Aboriginal filmmaker. With her long list of over 30 documentarries, including Incident at Restigouche and Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, Obomsawin has spent the past three decades investigating the issues and problems faced by […]

Cree Events

If you are traveling to another community this summer, have a look at what’s going on and plan your trip accordingly. Among the Cree communities – in Quebec and Ontario – there are numerous activities, sports events, festivals and celebrations […]

19th First Peoples’ Festival film reviews

Rain of the Children Vincent Ward (New Zealand, 110 min) In the late 1970s when New Zealand director Vincent Ward was 21, he spent two years working on a documentary about an elderly Maori woman and her schizophrenic son living […]

Festival Funding Conspiracy

A year after Canada Economic Development cut $50,000 from the First People’s Festival’s budget, festival organizer André Dudemaine is still irate over the funding drop and claims that there was something much more sinister at hand. In 2008, just weeks […]

An interview with Chief John Longchap

John Longchap became the Chief of Mistissini eight years ago and he has survived three terms in that position. A community-oriented man with a mind for business, Longchap is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and enjoys both individual and […]

An interview with Paul Gull

Paul Gull is the current Deputy Chief of Waswanipi as well as its Director of Natural Resources. Before getting back into municipal politics, Gull also served as Deputy Grand Chief under Ted Moses. He has also served as Chief for […]