Archive for December, 2009

Mining a murder

The message is clear: if you work to stop the environmental disaster and community destruction that frequently accompanies the arrival of a Canadian mining company in mineral-rich regions around the world, there’s a good chance that your reward will be […]

Keeping The Fighting Sioux name

Change is definitely in the air in Obama’s America. In a surprising development, two Lakota (Sioux) reservations are dragging the University of North Dakota through court in an effort to force them to keep their hockey team’s name, The Fighting […]

Holiday Round up—Listing of Community Events

Wemindji Cree Nation Wemindji has the Youth Gala on Dec. 18 at 6pm in the Youth Centre. The Christmas concert will take place at the community hall on Dec. 15 and that starts at 7pm. There will also be Christmas […]

We are learning after all

Crees have seen plenty of stories of drop-outs and difficulties in seeing the graduation rates go upward instead of down. A new report challenges us to look beyond the negative stereotypes associated with Aboriginal  students and schools. The State of […]

Ye Olde Christmas Shopping Spree

My parents, Marius and Susan, were visiting with me recently while on a shopping trip for Christmas. I was happy to escort them and provide some transportation as we went store hopping in Timmins. The Christmas shopping spree is a […]

T’was the Night before Christmas

T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the dwelling, Not a critter was stirring, not even a lemming. The moccasins all hung by the wood stove with care, In hopes that Dear Santa soon would be there. The children […]

Correcting Corrections Canada

John C. Moore’s journey through the Canadian justice system began when he was convicted of second-degree murder in June 1978. This happened despite the fact that the Crown recognized that he was not even present when the crime was committed. […]

Developing the North Sensibly

They talked joint venture and projects. They were selling employment opportunities to communities that have seen double-digit unemployment figures. The topic of Quebec northern development was in the air. Everyone was raring to go and were quick to offer to […]

Fighting Genetic Disorders

Medical professionals from St. Justine’s Hospital in Montreal met with members of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay (CBHSSJB) and Annie Bearskin of the Eeyou Awaash foundation to assess where they were at in fighting […]

Quebec’s Cream of the Crop

Not only was the Val d’Or Friendship Centre’s Executive Director, Édith Cloutier, honoured with a 2010 National Aboriginal Achievement Award, there are three other winners from Quebec this year. Considering that only 14 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards are handed out […]