Archive for March, 2012

Spring is in the air

Recently the Nation traveled to Toronto to attend the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s annual convention. It was huge and it was great to see so many Aboriginal people there either as communities, businesses or just plain interested individuals […]

Spring delicacies

The goose fat drips on the hot rocks surrounding the lazy fire. The goose, impressively fat, gets flipped over deftly by googum. This makes my eyes focus on the little chip of wood twirling around on the string that holds […]

Bringing justice home

For the crowd that gathered for the official opening of the Wemindji Justice Centre on Friday, February 17, there were moments of laughter to balance against the new building’s serious purpose. Following a speech by Geoffrey Kelley, Quebec Minister responsible […]

Inuit distinctiveness

On February 24, the McCord Museum hosted the opening of a very special exhibition: Inuit Modern, The Esther and Samuel Sarick Collection. Shown last year at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Inuit Modern is on loan to the Montreal […]

The outdoorsman’s expo

There is a great difference between getting back to nature and then getting back to nature in style or at least so it may seem when you go to great big hunting, fishing and camping expositions in the great big […]

Paving the way for future success

On February 27, the Cree Nation of Mistissini finalized a work agreement with the Quebec government ensuring the First Nation has a part in the extension of Highway 167 that will stretch 250 km north of Chibougamau, through the Otish […]

Setting the lands in order

You know something big is afoot when a considerable smattering of sharp-dressed young people brave subzero temperatures early on a Saturday morning in the middle of winter. That was the case on the morning of February 11 at McGill University’s […]

What’s our rating?

I once heard a lawyer mention off-hand that if there was a heap of Indians, the Cree would be on top of that heap. Now, why would anyone say something like that? The comment made me wonder if he was […]

Dealing with the First Nations

These days Canadians cannot say they aren’t aware of some of the issues First Nations face. Attawapiskat showed housing and living conditions in many northern Aboriginal communities. Yet there are many communities like Attawapiskat throughout Canada and this problem is […]

Northern treasures

There are growth spurts and then there are unreal growth spurts but that is what Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) has achieved. Back in the mid 1990s the yearly conference was hosted entirely in one hotel and had […]