Archive for July, 2011

“Proud to Serve”

According to Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come, June 28 will go down in the history books of the Cree nation as a day of pride and celebration as yet another dream, once conceived of by Cree Elders some 40 years […]

Battling the Eskan warriors

While Eska water products may line the shelves of stores throughout the province of Quebec, the Eaux Vives Water Company’s latest ad campaign has been leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of those at the Val-d’Or Native Friendship Centre […]

A woman on the go

In 2010, the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal (NWSM) was hit with a devastating blow – a $35,000 cut to its annual funding when the federal government terminated the Aboriginal Healing Foundation’s funding. Those precious dollars, about one third of […]

Summer, cont’d

One of the nice things about summer is the times set aside to celebrate. Given the long days and energy everyone seems to have in early summer to plan, design, discuss, pay for and carry out in grand style – […]

Sweetgrass on the verge

The restaurant biz is one the toughest businesses to be in, and this is the one I have dedicated the last 7-1/2 years of my life to. It has been a dream come true and one I would like to […]

Kids Help Phone reaches out to Native youth

The folks at the Kids Help Phone have come to the realization that their posters, featuring images of lonely non-Native kids in city parks, couldn’t possibly appeal to Native kids in communities, like Attawapiskat, Ontario where there isn’t even a […]

Five more CHR graduates

Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue proudly announced June 4 that five more Native students were awarded Attestations of Collegial Studies in becoming Community Health Representatives (CHR). Last December the program graduated its first two students and now five more have successfully completed […]

Natives finally covered by Canadian Human Rights Act

Closing a 30-year gap of lacking human rights protection, First Nation Canadians living on reserves will finally be included under federal human-rights laws. When the Canadian Human Rights Act was created in 1977, the federal government argued that since Natives […]

Farm fresh food heading north

I was happy to read recently that a new project has been launched in northern Ontario that will help First Nation people have access to healthier foods and vegetables. Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), Quality Market and True North Community Co-operative […]

Remembering 1971

Every generation of Crees will have to retell and adapt the story of their past to meet the needs of their particular historical and cultural and social situation. That is what will keep them alive as Crees – both socially […]