Archive for April, 2011

This vote’s for you

As I summon up all the memories that I have about elections, one thing is certain – Canadians either love to vote, hate to vote, or just don’t care about the vote for an upcoming election, it all depends on […]

Make the vote count

Crees, Inuit and other First Nations traditionally don’t really vote as much as other residents of either the Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou or the Timmins-James Bay ridings. The times though are changing. Romeo Saganash, a Cree from Waswanipi, has tossed his hat into […]

Hour time

Looking back, to late 1995, it might not have been the best moment to take a job as news editor at the Montreal alternative newsweekly, Hour. It was a week after the referendum on sovereignty, and the small but feisty […]

Cree runs for the NDP in May election

In a historic move, the Grand Council’s Romeo Saganash has thrown his name in the ring as a New Democratic Party candidate for the Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou riding. According to the Montreal Gazette, while Saganash recognizes that it will be a huge […]

CWEIA on standby without funding

According to Holly Danyluk, the regional coordinator of the Cree Women of Eeyou Istchee Association, the Cree Regional Authority has officially cut out funding for the CWEIA. The women’s organization had been receiving funding from the Alfred Loon’s Regional Development […]

Shelter fundraiser a smashing success

Nakuset, executive director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal (NWSM), is thrilled to announce that their March 20 fundraiser at Montreal’s Nouveau Palais went off without a hitch and brought in between $11,000 and $13,000. The evening featured a […]

The world is getting crazy

My Kookum or Grandmother, Louise Paulmartin, often told me when I was young that “the world was getting crazy”. She reserved that comment mainly for when some news from the southern non-Native world would reach us about a calamity or […]

The art of calls

Calling game, whatever it may be – ducks, geese, deer, moose, turkeys, crows, predators – can be done simply by using your mouth, hand and a little practice. But as anyone who has hunted knows, if you go au naturel […]

The diabetic elephant in the room

The Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay (CBHSSJB) once again crunched the numbers on how many Crees have succumbed to diabetes in the past decade and, like in all previous studies, the numbers have increased. “It […]

A new place to lay your head

It’s been a long time coming! What was once an idea tossed around between CREECO’s major players – Jack Blacksmith, Rodney Hester and the late Albert W. Diamond – has now become a reality. The Crees finally have their own […]