Archive for August, 2011

The divide between two solitudes

Environmental protection, sacred land, fears of water contamination and feeling the ends justifying the means were some of the reasons Crees gave for why they didn’t want to see the development of an exploration ramp. However, the folks over at […]

Inspiration at the AGA

As Crees from all over Eeyou Istchee congregated in Eastmain for the Annual General Assembly, one local man went about meeting as many delegates as he could simply to raise money for Parkinson’s disease. But, why Preston Gilpin does this […]

NWAC talks back

Just when it thought it was going to be able to make some headway, the Native Women’s Association of Canada has found itself without the means to participate in the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry in British Columbia – and […]

Assessing the year

It began August 8 and ended five days later on August 12. Past Annual General Assemblies may have only run three days but the new weeklong format was more relaxing for those who attended this year’s Grand Council of the […]

Lesson’s learnt

I haven’t missed a Grand Council/Cree Regional Authority Annual General Assembly since the Nation first went to press. Every one of them has been fun, unique and thoroughly enjoyable. Going to Eastmain without my wingman, Neil Diamond, felt as though […]

Redemption and rediscovery at Heavy MTL

Excuse the phrasing, but it is a punk’s game to try to sharply limit music genres these days, especially the many offshoots and sub-categories that shelter under the “heavy metal” umbrella. And that may be the main great thing, among […]

Algonquin Elder Commanda passes away

First Nations peoples across the country are mourning the passing on August 3 of famed leader, teacher and activist, “Grandfather” William Commanda. He was 97. Born in 1913, Commanda led an inspirational life that touched many, having travelled round the […]

Goldcorp dubs mineshaft after explorer

Goldcorp will be name a mineshaft at its Éléonore project near Wemindji after the acclaimed exploration geologist and mining industry icon responsible for the Éléonore discovery, André Gaumond. “We are naming this Andre Gaumond because Andre had been instrumental in […]

Forest fires threaten First Nations communities

I am loving this hot, dry summer we are having, but it comes with a price. The problem is that many forest fires have been burning throughout Ontario and in particular Northern Ontario. This is a great time of the […]

Wabun Youth Gathering’s traditional teachings

The fifth annual Wabun Youth Gathering at the Eco Centre Lodge in Elk Lake, Ontario, featured presentations by Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy and Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose. Eighty-five Wabun youth attended the event, which ran from […]