Archive for September, 2010

Far Back Along The Trail

I enjoy listening to my dad Marius reminisce about his early life on the land around Attawapiskat. His family settled along the banks of the Attawapiskat River and they travelled regularly along the shores, tributaries and mushkeg surrounding the community. […]

Being prepared

It’s back-to-school time and parents are frantically outfitting their kids with school supplies galore. You’re talking everything from pens, paper and binders to calculators and laptops. Then there are the must-have clothes to make just the right impression. But there […]

A new Cop Shop

Mattagami First Nation celebrated the grand opening of a new Nishnawbe-Aski Police Services (NAPS) detachment building in its community August 19. NAPS detachment buildings in the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) in recent years have been developed as prefabricated buildings that are […]

Students also affected by housing crisis

According to Émélie Rivard-Boudreau, a student-aid worker for First Nations students at the Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Val-d’Or’s current housing crisis might hinder some Cree students from setting foot in a classroom this fall. “The housing crisis is not exclusive to […]

Waiting for a corpse

For the past two years, Val-d’Or has used an emergency shelter, Le Dotoir, to provide temporary beds for intoxicated individuals from the onset of winter until late June. However, a provincial funding cut announced in late August means Le Dotoir […]

Splitting language down the middle

After examining programs in other schools that teach Grade One students half the time in English and the other half in French, Chisasibi school principal Françoise Baril wondered if the same could be done with a Cree/second-language program. Baril said […]

Back in the saddle again

It may have been five years since Abraham Rupert held the position of Chief in his home community of Chisasibi but that doesn’t mean that the recently reelected leader isn’t feeling confident about taking on the position. For that matter […]

Protecting spirituality

Roger Orr, Nemaska’s National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) worker, said he is feeling victorious as a resolution was passed at the recent Annual General Assembly of the Crees to finally protect Cree traditional spiritual practices when it […]

Back to school…

Back in the day, when residential schools were everywhere and public schools weren’t around, going back to school evoked mixed feelings for students. Some were sad to leave home to attend (or forced to attend) the institution that other children […]

An apology is nothing without change

The Canadian government apologized a couple of weeks ago to 87 Inuits who were relocated 1200 kilometres away from home to the High Arctic against their will. Community members of Inukjuak, Quebec, were moved to Grise Fiord and Resolute, in […]