Archive for June, 2011

Robbie Robertson awarded Order of Canada

After 50 years of rocking out and writing songs that shaped decades and generations, Six Nations of the Grand River rocker Robbie Robertson graced a stage he had never graced before when he received the Order of Canada at Rideau […]

Outgoing Auditor General addresses Aboriginal poverty

With her last kick at the can as Auditor General, Sheila Fraser delivered her final recommendations to the federal government regarding Canada’s greatest needs for change. Among them were swift recommendations to address Aboriginal poverty. According to Fraser, despite how […]

Romeo Saganash named Natural Resources critic

As a nod to the growing influence of the Cree Nation, NDP leader Jack Layton appointed newly elected MP Romeo Saganash to the shadow cabinet as Natural Resources critic. Saganash will be carefully monitoring the work Conservative minister Joe Oliver […]

Following the trail of my great-grandfather

I recently travelled to the United Kingdom on a pilgrimage to find my great-grandfather’s grave. The good news is that I found the white-stone marker bearing his name John Chookomolin although they had misspelled it Jakomolin. It was good to […]

Walking for clean water

Documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin once told me during an interview that access to clean water was a human right. That was the message that the Mother Earth Water Walk wants to draw awareness to – the continued polluting of our […]

Resisting a Resist-A-Ball?

In the last year, a revolutionary new fitness-and-wellness program has been the foundation for hundreds of Cree women to lose an exponential amount of weight throughout Eeyou Istchee. The question is however, why is Theresa Ducharme’s Lemon Cree fitness program […]

It’s all about the Plan

After years in the making, Quebec premier Jean Charest finally unveiled the Plan Nord for provincial development north of the 49th parallel on May 9 to many cheers as well as a few jeers from some of the First Nations […]

Ottawa’s going Native

Peter Penashue became the first Innu ever elected to Parliament. His history-making journey didn’t end there as Prime Minister Steven Harper added him to his cabinet. Penashue in one fell swoop became the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of […]

A golden opportunity

The future is looking as bright as gold for the Cree Nation of Wemindji. On February 21, Wemindji, along with the Grand Council of the Crees and the Cree Regional Authority, signed an agreement with Goldcorp to expand the Éléonore […]

Our message to the stars…

One of my favourite things to read are the silly old news stories you often find in grocery stores, declaring that Elvis Presley is still around. It’s hard not believe that Elvis may still be alive when you know that […]