Archive for November, 2009

Branches of Government Come Together to Improve the Lives of Aboriginals but No Decision Made Yet

The federal, provincial and territorial governments met with the Assembly of First Nations, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Native Women’s Association and the Métis National Council on October 29 to discuss how to improve quality […]

Unions Come Together to Demand More than Just an Apology for Residential School Survivors

Four of Canada’s major unions are coming together to get more than just an “I’m sorry” out of the Conservative government for the horrific abuse that Canada’s Aboriginals endured while in the residential-school system. The “Sorry is Not Enough” campaign […]

It’s All Cree To Me

I often meet people who ask me about my Cree language. Friends of mine here in northern Ontario have also asked me to translate syllabics they have come across and sometimes they question me on Native words they have heard. […]

Two Diabetic Solitudes

The diabetes epidemic in Canada has had a throttling grip on Indigenous populations nationwide but where you live might really impact the severity of the situation. According to the Cree Health Board, there is a 19% diabetes rate among Quebec […]

Christmas lights

It gets dark out there in the bush. Every Cree knows this simple fact, but dealing with it can still be a struggle in a place where you can’t just run over to the dépanneur for extra batteries. Especially after […]

“I would like to thank the Academy…

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always dreamed of saying, “I would like to thank the Academy…” On Monday, October 19, I finally got my chance and it was such a wonderful feeling to fulfill one of my childhood […]

Stop the glow

When Voyageur Memorial School teacher Élaine Hébert first saw postings of uranium mining projects near Mistissini in 2008, she, like many locals, did not know the full impact of what the project could mean to the community. The Matoush project […]

Possible end looms for important project

Five years after the project to find out whatever happened to the 520 missing and/or murdered Aboriginal women in this country started, the women who got the ball rolling may lose their funding. The Sisters In Spirit (SIS) initiative at […]

Traditional Rights at Risk

While many Quebec regions are anxiously awaiting the newfound powers that Bill 57, the province’s new Forestry Occupation act, will give them, the bill also seeks to remove rights from Aboriginal groups. The new bill that Quebec is currently working […]

Doing double time

Ever get that feeling that you just don’t have enough time to get things done? Whatever happened to Indian time when you had all of the sunlit day to do your work? Today, it’s 9-to-5, Monday to Friday where a […]