Archive for January, 2011

Who’s Hu?

When he thought he was getting a bargain deal, my dad would say it was cheap at twice the price. It’s a saying that could apply to the price of labour in China, which is embarrassingly cheap, even when a […]

Arctic radar chain delayed by consultations

The Harper government has had to put the bidding process on hold for those looking to operate and maintain the early-warning radar chain in the Arctic as Aboriginal groups have imposed their rights to consultations. This early-warning radar system guards […]

Inuit leader praises feds’ defence of seal hunt

Hollywood sexpot Pamela Anderson may have called the seal hunt “an embarrassment to Canada,” but Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Mary Simon is proud of the federal government’s efforts to maintain the trade of seal products with China. On January 12, […]

A lesson from Cuba

I recently came back from a vacation to Cuba. In the three weeks that I was gone, I managed to lose about five pounds. It was relatively easy to lose that weight. Since Cuba is not a wealthy country, food […]

In loving memory of Grandfather John Petagumskum Sr.

Grandfather John passed on at the age of 90 on January 5, 2011. He lived a long life as a hunter, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather. In his political life, he was a former Chief and an expert advisor on […]

Cree as in creativity

Lately, the school blackboards in Eeyou Istchee have been used for more than grinding white chalk or lettering from left to right. Large colourful drawings of taiga animals have been appearing before Cree children – this as a result of […]

Finding the right support

Every year a new group of high school students have to ask themselves the important question as to whether or not they will pursue higher education. For most, the question is simple to answer seeing as it is becoming increasingly […]

Back to Class!

It’s impossible to teach an old dog new tricks but never too late in life for someone to learn something new. So, whether you have thought about going back to school to train for a new career, finish a degree […]

Searching for the truth

Four major announcements were made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) on January 13: 1) a new office will open in Yellowknife; 2) there will be a series of hearings in the far north prior to a […]

What Bill C-3 means for Crees

Bill C-3 finally received Royal Assent on December 15, opening the door for many Natives to gain the official Indian status that they were previously denied. The remaining hurdle before the bill comes into effect is a proclamation by an […]