Archive for September, 2009

Albert Diamond in Memoriam

The Cree Nation has been left in a state of shock and sadness with the sudden death of Albert Diamond, 58, who passed away on Wednesday, September 9. He was laid to rest in his home community of Waskaganish on […]

Gold mining opposition

The Quebec cabinet gave the Osisko Mining Corp. the go-ahead in August to begin production in Malartic on what will be Canada’s largest open-pit goldmine in history. The only problem is that the project will be happening on traditional lands […]

Infringing on tradition

While the rest of the province is celebrating the new powers that Bill 57 will grant the Quebec government over forestry, what it could take away from First Nations groups is being swept under the carpet. Nathalie Normandeau, Quebec’s deputy […]

Professional learning

Education has been a hot topic in Eeyou Istchee for some time now between the recent Cree School Board elections and various education reforms that have brought new information into the public view. In light of this, the CSB held […]

Annual general assembly

Resolution: 2009-07 Subject: Dispute concerning Municipalité de Baie James WHEREAS in 1971, the Quebec Government enacted the James Bay Region Development Act in pursuance of its intention to develop the hydroelectric potential in the James Bay territory; WHEREAS the James […]

Assessing the Nation

It was an Annual General Assembly to remember. Not only Crees were on hand but Luc Ferland, the PQ MNA for the Eeyou Istchee-Ungava riding, dropped in along with the Amos Mayor Ulrick Chérubin and the Amos Chamber of Commerce […]

On the bench

Though he might not be a household name in Eeoyu Istchee, Robert Mainville worked as a lawyer for the Cree Regional Authority for over 30 years. On August 27, his lifetime of fighting for the rights of Aboriginal peoples was […]

Papers, licensing and protests

Though they were two very different protests, one outside of Ouje-Bougoumou and the other outside of Mistissini, two local Cree contractors made it known to the public that they do not like the way construction contracts are being handed out. […]

Back to School Daze

Back in the day and also back in the old neighbourhood, summer time was a time of no school and long days that went on forever. Then, as suddenly as the school year ended in June, it would start over […]

Doctorate for Philip Awashish

I can’t think of a single Indigenous person in Canada who more deserves the accolade of an honourary doctorate bestowed on him by McMaster University than Philip Awashish. It has always amazed me that he has never been honoured by […]