Archive for December, 2010

The legend of Kuikuhâchâu

Told by Sandy Masty of Whapmagoostui   Translation by Brian Webb I will tell the legend of Kuikuhâchâu, the man who took the form of the Wolverine. He was the one who confronted the Giant Skunk called Wâniyûyâu. As the legend […]

The Bear and the Child

A legend told by Joseph Guanish, Kawawachikamach translated by Brian Webb I will tell the legend of the bear. I heard my grandmother tell this one – the one about the bear that lived with a child. This was how […]


If you’re like me, you probably find it hard to roll out of bed at this time of year, when the days are so short and the natural light so weak. It’s a SAD state of affairs, you could say. […]

Remembering Smally

Here are a few words touching Smally Petawabano, as I found him when he was Chief in 1969. “Smally was the chief when I first went up to Mistassini in 1969. He was running the band out of a tiny, […]

Proud of being Native

My name is Destiny Chescappio. I was born in Maniwaki, Quebec, where my mother Grace Brennan is originally from, an Algonquin reserve called Kitiganzibi. My father’s name is James Chescappio. He was born in Schefferville, Quebec and later moved to […]

Shannen’s Dream lives on

The Assembly of First Nations unanimously passed a resolution to support Shannen’s Dream, an organization whose sole goal is to end educational apartheid for First Nations school children across Canada. The organization was formed in the wake of Shannen Koostachin’s […]

Auditor General says Canada is still failing First Nations

Canada’s Auditor General, Shelia Fraser, is calling on federal and provincial governments to change the way they deal with First Nations communities as the quality of life on most reserves is dramatically worse than in non-Native communities. After spending a […]

Merry Christmas to one and all

Christmas is a stressful time of the year. It has always been that way for me. From the time I was a child I have more or less endured the coming and going of Christmas. Back home in Attawapiskat in […]

Police on trail of pedophile who once lived in Eeyou Istchee

Police in Lévis, Quebec, are appealing to the general population for information about possible sex crimes against children that may have been committed by Yvon Beaudet, a former health-care worker who has lived in several First Nations communities in Quebec, […]

The animals and the plants

Kevin Brousseau’s newest book, Trilingual Lexicon of the Fauna and Flora of Iynu Asciy, is truly one of a kind and possibly one you should own. At the age of 18, several years before he started his double major in […]