Archive for September, 2010

Digging for gold

Matachewan First Nation welcomed a host of dignitaries to a groundbreaking ceremony of the $1.5 billion Young-Davidson mine on their traditional lands September 10. Northgate Minerals Corporation officials were joined by provincial, federal, First Nation, regional and municipal leaders in […]

Prophets of crime

Law C-25 is going to change the landscape of crime and justice in Canada, particularly in Indian country. Officially – and pompously – dubbed the Truth in Sentencing Act, the legislation eliminates the two-for-one time deduction that criminals until recently […]

“Bites” for a burial

or the upcoming Sisters in Spirit vigil to remember and create awareness for Canada’s 582 missing and/or murdered Aboriginal women, Sue Martin is preparing bags of homemade jerky for sale to raise money to bury her murdered daughter. Martin’s daughter, […]

Abraham Rupert on the mend

Newly elected Chisasibi Chief Abraham Rupert said he is feeling much better after suffering a heart attack at the beginning of September. He was subsequently medivaced out for medical attention but returned to the community a few days later, amidst […]

A Visit From Mikisew

I spent some time in the deep forest this past week. It felt great to breathe in the fresh air and to stir the coals of a fire while the weather turned cool and wet. One morning, a young eagle […]

Mixing sound under the stars

There were times when Nemaska’s music festival felt like a good karaoke night in some lonesome out-of-the-way dive. Which was fun because, who doesn’t love dives and karaoke? Nothing would happen in Cree land if it didn’t start late. Which […]

How sweet it is!

Not only is the Sweetgrass Aboriginal Bistro Ottawa’s first and only Native restaurant, it is also a celebration of Aboriginal culture and a visceral catwalk of food made from regional ingredients. In the heat of mid-summer, editor-in-chief Will Nicholls and […]

Getting to Know You

Earlier this summer Richard Shecapio was voted in as Mistissini’s new leader. A family man, Shecapio has been married to Jeanette for 12 years and has two daughters, aged five and nine. Shecapio has a lengthy career working for the […]

Teeing off for achievement

Chatter in Cree and robust laughter could be heard all the way throughout Mont Tremblant’s resort village and its golf courses on Labour Day weekend as almost 400 Crees and their business partners congregated for a good cause. The first-ever […]

Montreal Inuit hostel project cancelled

Nunavik’s Regional Board of Health and Social Services has pulled out of plans to convert Montreal’s defunct Chinese Hospital on Montreal’s St-Denis street into a hostel and cultural center for those receiving medical care in the city. The Health Board […]