Archive for March, 2010

The not-so-good ole hockey game

Two or three times a week, I tie up the skates and velcro on the pads to play recreational hockey in Montreal. Our garage league features more than 90 teams and about a dozen divisions. So there are all kinds […]

Farewell my son

I joined the Cree Youth Heritage Journey in August 2009 from Mistissini to Waskaganish. I was the assistant guide in Group 1 and Lawrence Neeposh was our head guide. I had a hard time, about whether I should go on […]

Greyhound apologizes to First Nation Passengers

The Greyhound bus company has issued a formal apology to the Cross Lake First Nation after 16 passengers were left stranded in the freezing cold on the side of the highway about 45 kilometers away from the Manitoba reserve, their […]

TB rates are staggering for First Nations

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the rate of tuberculosis among Status Indians is 31 times higher than Canadian-born non-Natives and for the Inuit the rate is a walloping 186 times higher. Issues such as inadequate housing, as […]

High Speed Comes To The James Bay Coast

Attawapiskat is on its way to having better access to the information highway.  A recent announcement by the Western James Bay Telecom Network, a community based entity that was established to bring broadband service to the James Bay coast, has […]

Prestige at the Helm

Though he might not be a household name in Eeyou Istchee yet, the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute was proud to announce appointment of Stephen Inglis as its new executive director. The board of directors of the future museum and cultural […]

Digging for gold

Northgate Minerals Corporation announced the start of construction of its Young-Davidson mine at a flag-raising ceremony near the Town of Matachewan on March 4. The event was attended by David Ramsay, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Timiskaming-Cochrane, local municipal […]

Talking to a Real Injun

It was the film that needed to be made said Cree film director and the Nation’s own Neil Diamond in reference to his latest film, Reel Injun. Produced by Rezolution Pictures, Reel Injun is a feature-length documentary that chronicles Natives […]

Book Review: Dancing Away from Dependency

Dances with Dependency Out of Poverty Through Self-Reliance By Calvin Helin You really have to admire Calvin Helin. I’m not talking about his writing but rather his perseverance. He was turned down 32 times by publishers before going on to […]

Dancing Away from Dependency

While James Bay Cree Day at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics was a day of celebration and cultural sharing, it was not without its serious moments. While the performances rang out from the stage of the Aboriginal Pavilion, in its adjacent […]