Archive for October, 2010

The thrill is gone

If you ever get a chance to tour the Martin Luther King Jr. Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, located in the same Lorraine Motel where the great American civil rights leader was assassinated in 1968, take it. It is an exhaustive, […]

A Woody Aesthetic

The Municipality of James Bay (MBJ) has just announced that it will proceed with the decision to use wood as the main component in the construction of all new public and privately funded buildings in order to support the failing […]

Aboriginal Teens More Troubled than General Population Teens

According to a new nationwide study conducted by Alberta’s University of Lethbridge, Aboriginal teens are more troubled than the average teenager and feel more conflicted about Canada. According to the Project Teen Canada Survey, Native teenagers interpret a number of […]

Tiffany Morrison Laid to Rest

On October 7, friends and family of Tiffany Morrison finally had the opportunity to lay their beloved daughter, sister, mother and friend to rest in her home community of Kahnawake, Quebec. After last being seen sharing a taxi from the […]

The story of the dream catcher

I was lucky to meet some very interesting traditional First Nation people this summer. I always learn so much when my walk leads to someone with a lot of knowledge about my people and their traditions and culture. When I […]

Cree art celebrated

While his paintings have become quite coveted by their lucky owners throughout the Cree nation, never before has Tim Whiskeychan been bestowed with the honour of having one blown up large scale and reproduced on tiles for a mural at […]

United by light and sorrow

Five years ago Bridget Tolley walked into the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) because her mother had been struck and killed by a Sûreté du Québec vehicle as she walked home along the highway through her community. Tolley felt […]

Reconnecting with paddling

The canoe is one of my earliest memories as a form of Cree transportation. As a child, canoeing was something I really enjoyed. I remember my parents paddling to our trapline to make smoked fish in summer or in fall, […]

Eulogizing Billy Diamond

Blazing the trail as the first major Cree leader in the modern world, Billy Diamond’s capacity for leadership is responsible for so much of the life Crees know and enjoy today. In this respect, it is no surprise that some […]

Losing a legend

Born in a tent on May 17, 1949 near what once was Rupert House, former Grand Chief, Chief of Waskaganish, Quebec negotiator for the Grand Council of the Crees, businessman, father and grandfather, Billy Diamond was the first leader of […]