Archive for March, 2012

Romeo, Romeo, where art thou

There are many who saluted Romeo Saganash’s candidacy for the leadership of the federal New Democratic Party as historic. That it was, as we can say now in the past tense: Saganash ended his leadership bid February 9 after political […]

Institute holds debates on mining

Since the beginning of March, the Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM) has been conducting public debates on the future impact of Quebec mining development brought on by the Plan Nord as well as the potential impact of a drop in […]

Making a choice

  If the practice of politics is famously known as the art of the possible, the historic success of the New Democratic Party in last year’s federal election was a masterpiece of the oeuvre: the perennially minor parliamentary player smashed […]

Letter to the editor

Addressing Cree Education To the Nation, This letter is in response to the editorial by Daniel David (“The Cree way”, Vol. 19, No. 06, January 27, 2012). As Chairperson of the Cree School Board, I welcome the opinions and perspectives […]

Saganash backs Mulcair

Romeo Saganash, MP of Abitibi–Baie James–Nunavik–Eeyou, was the first Aboriginal person to run for the leadership of a major Canadian political party. After dropping out of the NDP leadership race in early February, Saganash’s supporters awaited his endorsement of one […]

RCMP delays missing persons database

After the Harper government’s announcement on March 1 that the RCMP’s national missing persons database was to be delayed until 2013, the Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS), a grassroots, volunteer, non-profit organization based in the Algonquin territory of Ottawa, […]

DESD creates entrepreneur fund

The Department of Economic and Sustainable Development (DESD), in conjunction with the Cree Regional Authority, has created the Cree Entrepreneurship Assistance Fund (CEAF) to provide business owners with grants. Managed by the business bureau of the DESD, the grants will […]

Great Whale murder-suicide shocks locals

On March 13, the funeral of Victor Sam Weetaltuk, 22, the victim of a murder-suicide, was held in the twin Inuit and Cree communities of Kuujjaraapik  and Whapmagoostui. The Nation extends its deepest condolences to the families of the victims […]

New school in Attawapiskat is a dream come true

In June 2000, I wrote a column on the J.R. Nakogee Elementary School and the fact that it had been closed down due to contamination from an estimated 70,000 litres of diesel fuel over many years of leakage. I pointed […]

Cree Hockey News & Notes

NAHC Tryouts With the 2012 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) fast approaching, tryouts have now been scheduled for the teams that will go to Saskatoon representing Eastern Door and North (EDN). Team organizers are seeking male players born in 1994 […]