Archive for May, 2015

– Cheezo wins Eastmain election

The Eastmain runoff election on April 8 resulted in a change in leadership in the coastal community. Kenneth Cheezo received 189 votes (60%) of the 313 that were cast, while incumbent Chief Johnny Tomatuk garnered 121. In the first round […]

– Ottawa announces disaster funding

The Harper government announced federal assistance May 5 to help Quebec’s First Nations deal with forest fires and flooding in their territories. Ottawa said it is investing $288,500 to help prepare First Nations communities for natural disasters. However, none of […]

Charlie Gunner and family

A heartfelt thank you

No words could ever express our appreciation for the love and support you have shown us after the passing of my husband, Charlie Gunner, the father to our children, Demera, Kobee, Cherysh and Delayna. We are deeply grateful for your […]

Chibougamau protest targets logging abuses

Chibougamau protest targets logging abuses

Residents of Mistissini and Nemaska residents gathered in Chibougamau recently to protest forestry abuses in their territories, taking advantage of a visit from Natural Resources Minister Laurent Lessard to register their disgust over clear cutting and other practices by forestry […]

Report says inadequate Kashechewan dike puts community at risk

For many Crees, the spring thaw is associated with warmer weather and the pleasures of goose break. For the residents of Kashechewan First Nation however, the change of season is a time of destructive flooding and a grim annual evacuation. […]

Cree hunters subject to a ‘high-risk take down’ outside of Ottawa

Cree hunters subject to a ‘high-risk take down’ outside of Ottawa

When Wayne Rabbitskin headed south from his home in Chibougamou, he figured that he was going to have some adventures on his trip to Las Vegas. He didn’t expect that the real adventure was going to take place on the […]

Goose Break games

Another plane takes off with another family heading for their spring goose break. The Twin Otter’s engines drone on and quickly fade away as the plane heads for the Northern Quebec interior. The town is quiet. At the local store, […]

The Tomahawk Chop

Suspended Senator Patrick Brazeau, affectionately known around the office as Uncle Tomahawk from his time as an aboriginal apologist for Stephen Harper’s attacks on First Nations, claims he is now “loaded for bear.” Despite facing a variety of criminal charges, […]

Ten Thousand Steps

It is well known that First Nation people all across this country suffer from diabetes and heart disease. The Cree of James Bay started to develop these health problems decades ago when so-called progress came to our remote First Nations. […]

-Olympic skater visits Chisasibi

Olympic bronze medalist and six-time Canadian champion figure skater Joannie Rochette paid a visit to Chisasibi April 15 and 16 to take part in the community’s annual Ice Show. In an interview with CBC, Rochette said that this was her […]