Archive for October, 2009

Gimme Shelter

Though 90 residents were evacuated from Attawapiskat after a sewage backup contaminated their homes, the federal government has yet to offer the displaced any comfort. Because of their failing infrastructure, the Ontario Cree community of Attawapiskat had to evacuate 90 […]

Scary, but true…

Long time ago, disco was king (for a few years at most) and for the elite dressers and high-kicking, split-sticking-to-the-floor-dance moves, fluffy hair-dried plumed shaggy-dog bangs, chest-hair-revealing dance suits, you name it, anything went, except for jeans. Jeans was the […]

Newly Wed

On October 3 at 6 pm I stole Amy German from the ranks of the single women and made her my wife in a ceremony officiated by Joe Jolly. It was a difficult wedding to plan and a lot of […]

Let them eat diamonds

Never have a people been so rich, and yet so poor. The people of Attawapiskat, on the western shore of James Bay, live in a territory so loaded in diamonds that the famous South African diamond giant De Beers has […]

Barry Bearskin Clarification

The Nation magazine would like to clarify that the Barry Bearskin, who was chronicled in the brief story titled “Goose Thief Apprehended in Chisasibi,” is Barry Bearskin Sr. who hails originally from Eastmain and not Barry Bearskin Jr. who is […]

New Study Shows H1N1 Dead are Youth, Women and Aboriginal

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that the majority of those who were hospitalized or died as a result of the H1N1 influenza virus are young, women or Aboriginal. The study looked at […]

Police Probe into Kuujjuaraapik Man’s Death after Attempted Suicide

Police are investigating the September 27 death of Michael Shields after the man attempted to commit suicide in a Kativik Regional Police holding cell on September 14. Because Shields died of an attempted suicide while in police custody, Quebec law […]

A Moose In My Headlights

Recently, I ended up driving along a lonely stretch of Highway 11 in the middle of the night. I was on a long ride back from New Liskeard after visiting some friends. I drove home in the dark in my […]

Honouring Tommy

As the children played off to the side and the wife of the late Tommy Neeposh, Kitty, looked on, the Neeposh family of Mistissini were gathered by the transfer tunnel to inaugurate the Tommy Neeposh Scenic Lookout near the Rupert […]

Young at Heart

In early October, Buffy Sainte-Marie returned to Montreal to perform at the Église St-Jean-Baptiste as part of the Pop Montreal music festival. When tracked down in New York City a week before her arrival, Sainte-Marie was curious about the venue. […]