Archive for February, 2011

Press not necessarily a pass anymore

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. – from Article 19 of […]

Shooting the messenger

It used to be that the first targets of an authoritarian government were television and radio broadcasters. Now it’s the Net, its users and ISPs they need to communicate. Just look at the incipient revolution in Egypt: in a failed […]

Algonquins outraged over clear-cutting of traditional lands

Algonquin communities in Quebec and Ontario are in a state of outrage after KNL Developments Inc. clear-cut 1,100 hectares of land within an old-growth forest in Beaver Pond so that it can build a new subdivision. The Algonquin have always […]

Expert quits oil sands panel over lack of Aboriginal contribution

Just days after the Alberta government announced that a new panel of experts had been formed to monitor the environmental impacts of the province’s oil sands, one of its members has already quit. While the panel was only announced at […]

The magic light box

Television was never a big part of my early childhood. In the early 1980s, TV was a new phenomenon that had just been introduced to our community merely a decade before. Even though mom and dad furnished our living room […]

Justice officially ready for business

It was a cold day but that didn’t stop people for showing up for the official opening of the Mistissini Justice Building on January 31. A proud Justice Director Donald Nicholls led people on a tour. Though the facility has […]

Reaching the heart via the stomach

She has rapidly become Canada’s culinary Queen of Hearts as the host of Bitchin’ Kitchen on Food Network Canada, but Nadia Giosia was “bitchin’” long before her small-screen debut. For that matter, while she is the host of a TV […]

Uproar over illegal drilling

In early January the Innu of Pessamit were shocked and dismayed to discover that the Nevado Resources Corporation had been illegally carrying out drilling on their ancestral lands known as the Nitassinan. “We have never given Nevado permission to drill […]

Misinformation campaign over uranium?

While the Cree and other nearby communities in Quebec hold their breath waiting for the ruling from the November 23 COFEX/COMEX hearing over whether Strateco Resources will be allowed to pursue a uranium exploration ramp in the Otish Mountains, tension […]

A shout-out for support

Strapped for cash since loosing one third of their funding with the Federal Government’s decision to put an end to the Aboriginal Healing Fund, the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal has since had no choice but to try and raise […]