Category: In Brief

MMIWG Inquiry loses another high profile staffer & Stingray Music partners with APTN

MMIWG Inquiry loses another high profile staffer & Stingray Music partners with APTN

MMIWG Inquiry loses another major player Yet another high-profile Indigenous figure has stepped down from Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. This time the team lost Waneek Horn-Miller, its director of community engagement, who said […]

– Grand Council issues logging ultimatum

The Grand Council of the Crees of Quebec is demanding a halt to logging by Resolute Forest Products (RFP) in Cree territory. A formal notice was issued to the company, escalating a dispute over Cree rights and agreements concerning forestry […]

– 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 […]

-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 […]

-BOC/CreeCo tee up for Willie’s Place

Beleaguered Willie’s Place in Val-d’Or was looking for people and organizations with a heart. The Board of Compensation and CreeCo have stepped up to the plate to help the homeless in the city. Chair and President Jack Blacksmith confirmed that […]

-Cree theatre recognized

The Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute of Oujé-Bougoumou has won national recognition from the Canadian Museums Association for their theatrical program of Mind’s Eye: Stories from the Heart of Eeyou Istchee. Directed by playwright Shirley Cheechoo and involving young actors from […]

-Budget blues for First Nations

The federal budget unveiled by Conservative Finance Minister Joe Oliver April 21 – months late – was notable for the scant news it had for Canada’s First Nations communities. In fact, Oliver didn’t mention the word “Aboriginal” or “First Nation” […]

-Niko Trapper shines in bantam hockey

Niko Trapper, a 14-year-old former Mistissini resident, was recently selected as Rookie of the Year in the Bantam CC division in Saguenay. Nominated by coaches of the Ambassadeurs de Chibougamau, a league committee voted Trapper as the number one rookie […]

-Nutrition North Canada appoints First Nations expert

Nutrition North Canada (NNC) has appointed a new member to its advisory board. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt appointed Tracy Rispin to the NNC Advisory Board March 27.  The minister cited Rispin’s “extensive knowledge of First Nations […]