Archive for August, 2009

Reel Injun gets world premiere at Toronto Film Fest

Rezolution Pictures International announced that Reel Injun, Cree film director Neil Diamond’s latest film, will get its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in September. Offering an insightful and entertaining look at the Hollywood Indian, Diamond’s feature-length […]

On the road again

Most of us think nothing about driving down the highway. We completely take for granted that we have the ability to hop in our automobiles and drive down the road to just about anywhere we want in North America. Actually, […]

Looking to the future

Val-d’Or – The Niskamoon Corporation held its annual golf tourney July 30 and celebrated the four graduates of its vocational program. After 18 holes of golf at a course located just outside of town, the grads were honoured with an […]

Vying for the Chair

Gordon Blackned, George Blacksmith, Alfred Coonishish, Reggie David Neeposh and Donald Nicholls are in the running to become Chair of the Cree School Board. Coming from various academic and career backgrounds, each has a different perspective on how things should […]

Life lessons

Trent Agawa of Brunswick House First Nation is feeling good about himself these days and he claims he owes much of that to his participation in workshops at the Third Annual Wabun Youth Gathering. He was one of many young […]

The prodigal son returns

Matthew Coon Come is a man on the move. On July 30, Coon Come won the office of Grand Chief with 63% of the vote, soundly defeating his opponent, incumbent Matthew Mukash. The newly elected Grand Chief of Eeyou Istchee […]

To pave or not to pave

You would think building a new road would be a straightforward issue. But when it concerns the extension of the James Bay Highway from Radisson to Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik, it’s a whole other story. In late June, the Ministère des transport du […]

Let’s just text together

“Excuse me, got to get this one,” Buddy tells me. Furtively he talks to someone in another part of town, pulling his hood over his head to block the wind from messing up his cell call. My phone rings too […]

Who does the Assembly of First Nations represent?

The Assembly of First Nations held another “election” last month; one that does not represent the voice of the 700,000-plus Native people who call Canada home, which just reminds us that a major change is needed. The faulty way the […]