The Grand Council of the Crees

JAMES BAY CREE COMMUNICATIONS SOCIETY

Annual Report 1997-1998

Posted: 0000-00-00

MESSAGE OF PRESIDENT THOMAS JOLLY

Wachiya!

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the James Bay Cree Communications Society, I hereby submit the1997-98 annual report, including activity reports from local radio stations.

The James Bay Cree Communications Society was formed in 1981, essentially under the Grand Council which comprised its Board of Directors. The new Board was elected in 1990 with one representative from each community plus one director appointed by the CRA to represent non-community Crees.

The Society's main focus was to maintain regional radio and provide the technical maintenance services to the local radio stations. The Society is funded by the National Native Broadcast Access Program, Communications Quebec and the Board of Compensation.

JBCCS has confirmed that it plans to remain on the outlook for new opportunities for the development and establishment of a communications network. This year, the Society is planning a Cree Radio Network; JBCCS will no longer depend on CBC access.

We are at crossroads from traditional and modern communications but the two must continue to flourish with freedom, since freedom itself is nothing without the free flow and exchange of ideas, opinions and information. They must be the cornerstone for our society. JBCCS believes that communications must be an integral part in the development of Cree self- government.

I would like to thank the Board of Directors for their dedication to the common goal we share, and to the hard work and commitment of the staff and audiences of JBCCS radio. The airwaves belong to you.

Meegwetch!

Thomas Jolly

President

VICE PRESIDENT ERNEST WEBB'S MESSAGE

There is a lot of talk about going into the next millenium. Where will we be when the next century comes around? Many people try to answer that question. I will not even begin to try to answer that one. Leonard I. Sweet sums it up quite nicely: "The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create."

The mandate of the James Bay Cree Communications Society is a broad one. JBCCS is at a crossroads. We are working on getting a new communications centre for the Cree Nation. Along with the new centre, we are creating a new independent communications network, which will link all the communities together. It will be independent from the other networks. It will our own network. So we can, if we choose, be on 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

As JBCCS works towards that goal, we need the support of the Cree Nation. Phase one will concentrate on radio. Phase two and three will encompass television and computers. But before all that, we need a place to house all of these services. At this time, the Cree Cultural Institute has generously offered a location in their new building for the JBCCS. However due to space and financial restraints, JBCCS will probably stay in Mistissini with the assistance of the Chief and council and the people of Mistissini.

Everyone is aware of the importance of communications. Communications provides a vital link for people to exchange ideas and information. Without communications we are not a Nation. Times and technology change and we must keep adapting, as we have in the past. But we should not let the change dictate to us, instead we should dictate the change. To keep our identity as a people, we must put ourselves, our spirit, into the technology.

Lastly, I want to thank our President and Secretary Treasurer and all the board members for the work and help they have put into the JBCCS. I also want to extend a thank you to the Cree Nation for your help and support.

As Mr. Sweet puts it, "Let us create our future".

SECRETARY TREASURER SUSAN ESAU'S MESSAGE

Wachiya to the Cree Nation!

It gives me great pleasure to have the opportunity to address this short message to the Eeyouch of this great Nation of ours. Serving as a board member of the James Bay Cree Communications Society for the past few years and as the secretary-treasurer in the last two has convinced me how important communications is in any society.

These past few years, technology in communications has modernized so rapidly and we, the Crees, have evolved along with the changes. It is clear that these changes cannot occur without increasing the finances. It is unfortunate, however, that the funding we have been receiving from both governments has only decreased. We have been fortunate to be included in the negotiations with Quebec under the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed a few months ago. It is quite exciting to have the assurance and the support of the Grand Council/CRA, the Cree Chiefs, and most of all, the members of the Cree Nation.

With a diminishing budget, we have managed to keep the regional network broadcasting at the same level. JBCCS staff and the board members have had to make sacrifices to remain within our budget. I would like at this time to express my thanks to the employees, the board members and the executive members who have worked hard and have devoted their time to provide the broadcasting services to the Cree Nation.

Lastly, the James Bay Cree Coimmunications Society is facing the new fiscal year with excitement and anticipation. With the MOU funds, we are undertaking some major projects and the end results will have tremendous possibilities in radio broadcasting.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LLOYD CHEECHOO'S MESSAGE

Wachiya, Enouch of Eeyou Istchee, on behalf of the staff at James Bay Cree Communications Society, we extend our gratitude in sharing your stories, views, objectives, goals and concerns that touch you everyday, on the JBCCS Enou Emoo Yabee.

James Bay Cree communications Society is one of 13 Regional Aboriginal Communications Societies across Northern Canada. The general funding and its mandate comes from Canadian Heritage under the Northern Native Broadcast Access Program coordinated from Ottawa, Ontario. Every year a funding proposal is submitted to the Board of Compensation for assistance in subsidizing our operations and projects.

It seems more and more that we are dependent on Cree financial contributions, due to cutbacks in the general funding from Canadian Heritage/MCCQ (Ministry of Communications and Culture, Quebec) Funds of Quebec. These cutbacks have resulted in the abolition of positions such as the Production Management position, an Announcer/Producer position, and the Receptionist position. These positions are important for the JBCCS to get back because we are a regional organization and the demand for us to expand is increasing (as you will see in our future plans).

The Community Radio Coordinator's position also became vacant in February 1998. We hope to have this position filled by July this year. The Community Radio Coordinator's office was moved this year from Montreal to the JBCCS production centre in Mistissini. The decision to relocate the office was by Board decision based on community recommendation, and as a cost-cutting factor.

Our third fund comes from the Ministry of Culture and Communications of Quebec. The purpose of the MCCQ fund is to subsidize the Community Radio Coordinator's salary and office expenses and to fund the technical maintenance of the community radio stations. Since we receive minimal funding assistance from the MCCQ, our ability to assist the community radio stations is limited (as the community radio stations will testify).

Although the GCCEA/CRA has shown support by resolution and we have a CRA Board representative, we need support and recommendations from the Cree Nation as a whole to give the JBCCS a more clear direction. This may involve a restructuring of the entire JBCCS organization to meet the communication needs of the Cree Nation.

I again thank the staff of the JBCCS for the tremendous effort they have shown, working with minimum resources to meet your communication needs.

Wachiya

Lloyd Cheechoo

Executive Director

PROGRAMMING

The number of hours of regional radio programming produced by James Bay Cree Communications Society is thirteen (13) hours per week. Ten hours of weekday programming is done live, and three (3) hours of weekend programming is pre-recorded. These programs are carried on French radio and short-wave channels. Therefore, the Cree radio network reaches our people in all nine Cree communities, towns in Northern Quebec, cities where CBC services ARE on, and even those at their traditional activities. All programs are done in Cree.

PRESENTLY OUR PROGRAMS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Enoo Etoon (Cree way)
aired live on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday from 10:05 to 10:59.30.

Miyupimatissiun (Health show)
aired on Tuesdays from 10:05 to 10:59.30 and again at 15:05 to 15:59:50.

Maamoo Dipachiimoon (News stories)
aired on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 15:05 to 15:59:50.

Osteneechoo Etoon (Youth way)
aired on Wednesdays from 15:05 to 15:59:50.

Osteneechoo Nigamoon (Youth music)
aired on Saturdays from 11:04:30 to 14:59:30 and again at 15:04:30 to 15:59:30.

N'Doheenoo (Hunters' program)
aired on Sundays from 11:04:30 to 14:59:30.

We invite you to make use of this service to promote your entities and/or just to report your activities. We are here to serve the needs of our people.

Let's work together.

We are also open to your suggestions and welcome all your comments. For more information on the Cree Radio Network, contact us at our broadcast facilities in Mistissini.

FREQUENCIES:

CHISASIBI lO3.5 FM
EASTMAIN 89.9 FM
MANOUANE lO3.5 FM
NEMASKA_99.9 FM
OBEDJIWAN 92.9 FM
OUJE-BOUGOUMOU 89.9 FM
WASKAGANISH IO3.5 FN
WASWANIPI lOl.5 FM
WEMINDJI 95.5 FM
WEYMONTACHIE 75O AM
WHAPHAGOOSTUI 96.5 FM
Also on SHORT-WAVE 9625 kHz

 

PRODUCTION REPORT
June 1997 to June 1998

EVENTS COVERED:

GRAND OPENING OF THE WASWANIPI SAWMILL - JUNE 1997

This event caused a huge commotion in the Cree territory. Lucien Bouchard attended the ceremony, marking the first time in more than twenty years that a Quebec Premier had visited a Cree community. Local tallymen protested nearby to show their disapproval of the sawmill. A live report of the meeting between the Premier and the Chiefs was sent to our studio.

ELDERS & YOUTH CONFERENCE - JUNE 17 TO 19 1997

The Regional Elders' Council proposed this conference to introduce their council to the CNYC and the Cree Nation, and to explain why it was formed. The Cree Eeyou Istchee Commission Report was much discussed and "whatever happened to it, or now that it is done, what now?" was asked. Daily reports and interviews were conducted.

CREE NATION YOUTH COUNCIL ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY - MISTISSINI CULTURAL CAMP

Delegates from all nine communities, as well as from Senneterre attended. Youth expressed concerns on issues such as what steps are being taken towards Cree Governance, and what the youth can do to prepare should another Quebec referendum be held. Most of these questions were addressed to Peter Coon, a Cree lawyer, who gave a presentation on Cree Governance. He suggested to the GCCEA/CRA to form a National Government or to create a National Constitution, in case separation ever takes place. Speakers talked about Economic Development, Education, Health and Social Issues, etc. Resolutions were drafted to be presented to the GCCEA/CRA Annual General Assembly in August 1997. Coverage and recordings were done.

23RD ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE GCCEA AND THE 20TH OF THE CRA- AUG. 12-14TH, 1997 IN OUJE BOUGOUMOU

For the first time in many years, the James Bay Cree Communications Society presented their activity report. Thomas Jolly, our President had the honours. The JBCCS received support from the GCCEA/CRA with a resolution on the importance of communications in the development of a strong Cree Nation. Another big story from the AGA was the Washaw Siibii Eeyou Association - Crees from Amos with historic affiliations to Waskaganish and Waswanipi. The Washaw Siibii are now settled in Pikogan, La Sarre and Senneterre and were registered under the Pikogan Council, but lost their registration. A recognition by resolution gave this Association the ability to obtain rights and benefits under the JBNQA with the support of the GCCEA/CRA. Live coverage via remote with co-production with CBC Northern-Services and recordings were done of the AGA.

WASWANIPI SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES SEPTEMBER 17TH 1997

The agreement is a five year partnership with the Waswanipi Cree Model Forest - the first Aboriginal Model forest in Canada. The Canadian Government will contribute $5OO,OOO annually for five years through the Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada. Chief John Kitchen was interviewed.

CREE LANGUAGE & CULTURAL CONFERENCE - NOVEMBER 4-6, 1997 IN OUJE BOUGOUMOU

Cree as the Language of Instruction was the main topic. The Cree School Board had a panel discussion on where the Cree Language & Culture program was headed. Coverage included interviews and recordings. Also held at this time was the Voices of the Land Concert. Various artists performed, including Willie Mitchell, originally from Maniwaki, but now living in Mistissini, and Florent Vollant, formerly of Kashtin. Many artists paid tribute to the late Morley Loon by playing one of his songs. Live recordings were done and rebroadcasted on our programs.

16TH CREE NATION INVITATIONAL SENIOR HOCKEY & BROOMBALL TOURNAMENT DEC. 1997 IN ROUYN NORANDA

Due to a shortage of hotel rooms in Val d'Or, the tournament was moved to Rouyn Noranda, where Crees were well welcomed. An interview with the tournament coordinator gave us all the results. The 1st Aboriginal Art Exhibition was held at this time to display the talents of Cree artists and to sell their work. Kenny Mianscum, who organized the exhibition, performed some songs from his soon-to-be-released album.

CHRISTMAS MESSAGES/OPEN LINES

Once again, we opened our phone lines to the audience to greet their loved ones for the holidays. As always, the reception was great.

ICE STORM 98

In Southern Quebec, freezing rain took down Hydro power lines. Blackouts left many without power, including Crees living in Montreal. The Government stated an emergency plan to help victims living in the "Dark Triangle". Cree communities pitched in to help. Mistissini had more than a hundred volunteers to gather firewood, Ouje Bougoumou sent generators, and Waswanipi raised money for storm victims. This was the biggest story of the year. Coverage and interviews were done with Crees from Montreal.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GIVES $22 MILLION TO CREES

Ted Moses and the Cree negotiating team went to the communities to hear their capital projects.

FORESTRY COURT CASE - FEB. 10 1998 IN MISTISSINI

Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come, Chief of Waswanipi John Kitchen and James O'Reilly, lawyer for the Crees came to meet and discuss with people the forestry case the GCCEA/CRA are taking to court.

RAID DES BRAVES - FEB. 14 TO 21 1998

Starting in Quebec City as a part of the Winter Carnival, the 3,000 Km race passed through James Bay. Last year's winners from the Mistissini Pimpichuu team remained champions once again. Coverage was held from start to finish.

SIGNING OF THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) - MARCH 27 IN MONTREAL

This signing raised many questions among the Cree Nation, particularly issue 5 of the draft, which was worded so as to give Quebec the right to review certain Cree entities, change their mandates or abolish them. The MOU. was then changed, agreed upon by both parties and signed. Coverage and interviews with Chiefs were held.

JOURNEY TO WELLNESS

Jimmy Gunner made an ancestral journey which started at camp Nitchequan, 400 Km north of Mistissini. The intention of the journey was to raise funds for an Elders' home in Mistissini. Participants had hopes of healing through the journey. Kenny Wapachee, Jesse Blacksmith and Errol Longchap travelled with Jimmy by foot. Coverage of the journey and interviews were done.

PROGRAM CHANGES

Minor changes occurred, including Friday's programs Enoo Etoon and Maamoo Dipachumoon which are now request shows, but still keep their names. Putting the request shows on Friday makes it easier for us to make last minute changes.

PROGRAM PLANS

Program Planning is on-going. We now have Internet access at our office and we find it very useful in acquiring information and news. We hope this will improve our ratings. We are always following stories as they develop.

BOARD MEMBERS

FRANCES GEORGE
Whapmagoostui

RAYMOND MENARICK
Chisasibi

DOLLIAN GEORGEKISH
Wemindji

SHIRLEY MOSES
Eastmain

SUSAN_ESAU
Waskaganish, Secretary Treasurer

THOMAS JOLLY
Nemaska, President

ABRAHAM LOON
Mistissini

GASTON COOPER
Ouje Bougoumou

DAVID HAPPYJACK
Waswanipi

DIANE REID
CRA / rep. to JBCCS

ERNEST WEBB
Beesum Communications (Publishers of The Nation), Vice President

PERSONNEL & STAFF

LLOYD CHEECHOO
Executive Director

PHYLLIS LONGCHAP
Secretary Bookkeeper

CHARLIE J. LOON
Senior Announcer/Producer

JOHNATHAN SHECAPIO BLACKSMITH
Technical Operator

CAROLINE METABIE
Announcer/Producer (maternity leave)

WILLIE J. TRAPPER
Announcer/Producer

JANE WAPACHEE
Cleaner

COMMUNITY RADIO COORDINATOR
(vacant)

Community Radio

COORDINATOR'S REPORT

The James Bay Cree Communications Society supports community radio stations by providing technical maintenance, administrative support and training.

Resources for community radio stations are very limited. Most funding is secured through local fundraising means such as radio bingo. Some band support is provided to stations and small grants varying from two-thousand to ten-thousand dollars are allocated annually to the smaller radio stations by the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications (MCCQ). However, stations with annual revenues of over seventy-thousand dollars are no longer eligible for MCCQ funding support.

Unfortunately, the JBCCS has limited resources to support community radio stations because most of our resources are used to provide regional radio broadcasting services to the Cree population.

Community radio stations need additional training, better facilities, more up-to-date equipment, and the means to expand in other media services such as video and television production and computer networking.

Training

Since 1990, James Bay Cree Communications Society has provided eleven training sessions to 149 different individuals.

Training continues to be a priority because of high staff turnover at both the regional and community radio stations and because of the

need to improve and expand services. It is an on-going challenge to secure funding for training within the existing criteria of available funding programs and to get additional funding for travel and accommodations of trainees.

TRAINING COORDINATED BY JBCCS FROM 1990 TO 1997

Summer 1990

WRITING AND PRODUCTION

Summer 1990

BASIC TECHNICAL SKILLS

Fall 1990

RADIO MANAGEMENT

Summer 1991

RESEARCH AND NEWS PROCESSING

Winter 1992/Winter 1993

INTRODUCTION TO RADIO

Winter 1993

NATIVE COMMUNICATIONS

1993-94

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

November 1993-April 1994

RADIO MANAGEMENT TRAINING

August 1994

NETWORK TECHNICAL

October 1994 - March 1995

NETWORK DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

April 1997

RESEARCH AND NEWS PROCESSING

 

Community Radio

STATION REPORTS

CINI / FM RADIO LTD.

Mistissini Lake Quebec GOW ICO

Profile: Radio CINI-FM 95.3

Start up: November 1990 on a commercial license which allowed advertisements by businesses.

Transmitter: Harris 50,000 watt - signal goes at least twice the distance of CBC signal.

CINI presently has three full-time employees, the manager and two broadcasters. Three employees are under the supervision of the board of directors of the Mistissini Lake Telecommunications Association.

Apart from its employees, CINI radio has volunteers who help out during bingo nights and the Sunday afternoon programming of gospel music.

The studio is located at 167 Nesk Street which is an old log cabin, but the transmitter is located at the Telebec tower because the antennas had to be located fairly high up. The studio is hooked up via an audio line to the transmitter.

The purpose of the original set up was to allow the radio station to generate enough revenues to be self sufficient, but this never happened as merchants couldn't pay the full rate for advertising.

CINI radio will gradually phase out advertisements, as requested by the band members whose argument was that we were not helping local businesses by allowing advertising for Chibougamau merchants.

During the first five years of operation, CINI was hooked up to the broadcast news wire service and therefore was able to provide the public a lot of information on news, weather, sports and entertainment This was eventually phased out as we could not afford the service.

Since the loss of the newswire, there is no concrete programming in place as we are basically working on an adhoc schedule - anything goes at anytime - except for the early morning which is dedicated to gospel music and the thought of the day by Reverend Larry Linton.

On Air Programming:

Monday to Wednesday 8:00 - 12:00 and 13:00-17:00
Thursday 8:00 -12:00 and 13:00-24:00
Friday 8:00 -12:00 and 13:00- 15:00

 

WABANNUTAO EEYOU TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION SOCIETY

Incorporated in February 1986

Station: Eastmain Radio Station

Incorporated: April I, 1990

Budget 1998-99: $76,028.00

Staff: Personnel and Management

Programs: News & Weather, Elder's Stories, Talks Shows, Local Announcements, Health & Education, Religion, Country, Greetings & Music, Rock & Countdown Show, Open Programs (for visitors), Highway & Access Road Conditions, Radio Bingos

Current Situation: Lack of facilities, housing, equipment and financial support.

Current Priorities: Relocation (radio station), new equipment, long range receiver and transmitter, C.R.T.C. permit.

Fund Raising: Bingo and user's fee

Revenues: Cree Nation of Eastmain other resources.

Other: Local Society donated, local summer and winter games, tournaments, church, sympathetic, special projects, etc...

WASKAGANISH COMMUNITY RADIO

Waskaganish Community Radio presently consists of 6 members on

the Board of Trustees. The members were appointed by the Band Council in 1996.

Board of Trustees: Malcolm Moses, Susan Esau, Bert Blackned, Hugo Hester, Charles Hester, Thomas Hester, J.B.C.C.S. Representative: Susan Esau

Personnel: Walter G. Hester Jr. - Executive Director,
Bessie Stephen Jr. - Production Manager,
Susan Moses - Part-time Bookeeper,
Lawrence Katapatuk Jr. - Announcer/Producer,
Michelle Stephen - Announcer/Producer,
Judy Whiskeychan - Announcer/Producer,
Greta Stephen - Announcer/Producer

Community broadcasting time: 72 hours/week

Daily airtime: 10 hours (except Sat. & Sun.)

Programs: Monday: Elders Program, Tuesday: Community Events

Wednesday: Health Issues, Thursday: Hunters / Trappers Hour Friday: Youth Hour

Other Events Covered: Live coverage of meetings (ie. access road to Waskaganish, forestry court case, regional public speaking), public service announcements, daily weather reports, sports reports worldwide, interviews.

CHISASIBI TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION

Chisasibi Telecommunications Association was incorporated

on September 29, 1982 and began broadcasting on January24, 1983.

It is currently using the CBC transmitter but should have its own 2000 watt stereo transmitter in the near future. Presently, it has 19 employees

which include 8 full-time, 6 part-time, 3 trainees, and 2 students.

The association also owns 91.5% of Ginwat-Cable Television Inc. of Chisasibi, which employs four people full-time. Ginwat-Cable provides both cable TV and Internet access to the community.

Chisasibi Telecommunications Association also does contract work providing important sound system services and video/audio recordings of meetings and conferences. It recently acquired a radio/telephone communications system to serve the community.

The offices of Ginwat-Cable TV and the association, including the studio, are located in the Mitchuap Community Centre. The radio station is well-appreciated and quite dynamic with a varied daily schedule. It broadcasts live programs that cover topics such as Current Affairs, Women's Work, Sunday Prayers and Hymns, Youth Issues, Cree Trappers' Wisdom, Health, Awareness and Funny Stories about experiences listeners have had.

The radio is open to the public every day so they can call in with their announcements and stories. The daily schedule is rounded out by music, including requests for songs on birthdays and anniversaries, news, weather, sports and local announcements.

The staff is learning to use the Internet to research their stories on news, sports and information on other Native groups, etc. They hope to be able to use this new technology to better their programs.

Various organizations including the association raise funds by holding radio bingos. Also, other entities are able to host phone-in shows knowing that this is the best way to reach more people. The local radio is one way for the people of Chisasibi to stay in touch with each other as the community grows.

WEMINDJI RADIO

Broadcast Hours

68 hours per week

Monday to Saturday: 9am-12pm, 1:30 - 3:30pm, 7 - 9pm
Sunday: 9am-12pm, 3 - 5pm, 7 - 10pm

Profile

Radio Station Manager: Jacqueline Blackned

Employees: 4 part-time

Funds: Generated mostly through Bingos. The M.C.C.Q. also provides us with $10,000 annually.

Creation:We will be celebrating our 15th anniversary in October

(created in 1983).

Location: Community Hall

FM Frequency: 95.5

WHAPMAGOOSTUI COMMUNITY RADIO PROFILE & REPORT

Employees & Operations

We have 4 permanent positions: Two full-time: Radio Manager and Secretary Bookeeper (who also act as part-time announcers), and two other part-time announcers.

We are in the process of hiring additional casual employees such as Bingo operators, vendors and a janitor. In the past we did not have these positions due to financial difficulties. The permanent employees handled these tasks, leading them to be overworked and not able to focus on their regular tasks.

We are always short on staff, such as committed announcers - they just come and go. We really need training for announcers, because the people who are interested don't really know what an announcer should do, other than playing music. When they see what is involved, they leave.

We are on the air from Monday to Friday, seven to eight hours a day. On weekends, we rely on volunteers who are on every second weekend.

Financial Status

We rely mostly on Bingos to cover our expenses. Bingos are held two or three times a week. There is competition from the Inuit Community radio, which relies solely on Bingos to operate. In addition to these revenues, we also receive a yearly grant from the Whapmagoostui First Nation. Yet even with this funding, we always have a shortfall every month.

Relocation

We moved to our present location on February 20, 1998. It is in an old building that was renovated into a radio station. We share the building with the Whapmagoostui Police. The renovation was covered by the Whapmagoostui First Nation. The technical costs were covered by the Local

Radio and the JBCCS.

We were informed by the Band officials that we are to pay a monthly rent fee but the amount was not specified and we are still waiting. Another expense to add to our deficit.

NEMASKA RADIO STATION

Nemaska Local Radio Station's first broadcast was in the mid 1980's from a basement of the first house built in Nemaska. The size of the room was 10'x 12'. Special arrangements had to be made with the tenant for access and storage of equipment. Sometimes one even had to look for the tenant before the radio could broadcast.

The local radio found a new home four years ago. There were vacant office spaces in a multi-purpose building when the Nemaska First Nation expanded its office.

Our local radio plays an important role in our community. The radio station is a source of information for local members. The station is active and interacts with the people of Nemaska. We also have PA system services for special events.

We have two full-time youth who broadcast fifteen hours a week. We attempt to provide as much as possible local content, interviews, talk shows and special interest programs.

We are looking at new ways to enable our operations to reach people who reside off the land. We are also excited about the James Cree Communications Society's new plans. We want to hear and participate with others broadcasting from their own communities.

We would like to thank the people of Nemaska for believing in us and for their continuous support in making our radio station, not only viable, but an important tool as well. We also thank the Nemaska First Nation Band Council for supporting our operation.

Meegwetch,

Roselyn Rabbitskin and Reuben Wapachee.

 

WASWANIPI TELECOMMUNICATIONS

It is my pleasure to submit our report to inform the population of our communication activities. This is my 7th year in this field, and I love every minute of it. My main goal this past year was to work on the Cable TV and Internet project for our community. Another project was to renovate the radio station. I also represent the community on the Regional

Communications Board. We are planning to have a Cree Radio Network for the Cree Nation this upcoming year. Communications is the main tool to keep the Cree Nation together, so let's keep the Cree language and culture strong.

David Happyjack Manager

Incorporated in 1984-85

Address :20 Poplar St

Waswanipi QC JOY 3C0

Phone :819-753-2557 Fax :819-753-2555

Programming Schedule: We have 10 hours/day of Cree radio programming and 50 hours/week coming from local, regional and national radio. Cree radio programs are retransmitted from CBC radio. We cover different issues from local to international, sports, weather, etc.

Monday to Friday:

7:00 to 9:00 - Winsgaoug from Montreal,
9:00 to 10:05 - Religious Nigamoon from local
10:05 to 11:00 - Cree Programming from JBCCS,
11:00 to 12:00 - Country Nigamoon from local
12:10 to 13:00 - Eeyou dipajemoon from Montreal
13:00 to 15:05 - Nanakoo Nigamoon from local
15:05 to 16:00 - Mamou dipajemoon from JBCCS
16:00 to 17:00 - Osteenechoo Nigamoon from local

 

Profile of the Waswanipi Radio Station

Board: under trusteeship of the Band

Station Manager: David Happyjack

Staff: Jeffrey Blacksmith - Part-time Announcer/Producer,

Henry Dixon - Part-time Announcer/Producer, plus volunteer members

Annual revenues: $70,000, Sources: Waswanipi Band : $40,000

M.C.C.Q. $10,000, Bingos and fundraising : $20,000

FM radio call letters: CBVW, Frequency: 105.1 & 101.5

Transmitter: owned by CBC, Power output: 10 watts

Computer Equipment: One pentium computer and one HP laserjet printer not yet connected to the Internet, but we have access through the Band Council.

Local TV: none, but we have UHF TV system with 6 channels

Needs:

Equipment: Modem and computer update programs

Training: Management, news, research, processing and intro to radio

Future Plans: Renovate the radio station sector in 98-99

Cable TV and cable internet system in Waswanipi in 98-99

Board for the overall Waswanipi Communications Department

Radio system to advertise year 1999-2000

OUJE-BOUGOUMOU COMMUNITY RADIO REPORT

Prepared by Mark Forsyth, Youth Development Coordinator

This past year has been very interesting for Ouje-Bougoumou Radio. We have selected, purchased, and installed our radio equipment at the Petaapin Youth Center. The radio station at Ouje-Bougoumou launched regular local programming on March 23, 1998. Our local programs are scheduled to complement the programs we are happy to receive from James Bay Cree Communications Society. Our staff consists of one full-time, one part-time, and ten volunteers.

Our range covers Ouje-Bougoumou and the surrounding area including the town of Chapais. When you're in the area, listen to us on 89.9 FM stereo.

You can call us at (418) 745-2779 or fax us at (418) 745-3354.

REPORT FROM BEESUM COMMUNICATIONS

This has been a busy year for Beesum Communications. As the newest member of the Board, Beesum hopes to contribute to the communications needs of the Cree Nation. As publishers of The Nation, a bi-monthly magazine, we hope to bring forth issues which concern the Cree Nation. Issues which the people have a right to know about and contribute to. At the same time we strive to provide a forum to showcase our culture. There has been a tremendous show of support for our publication; for that we thank you.

Beesum Communications has two main divisions. The Nation being one, is published every two weeks. The other division is our graphic design services which we offer to clients looking for peace of mind. Our services include posters, annual reports, pamphlets and brochures, business cards and stationery, etc.

From time to time we initiate our own projects such as the James Bay Cree Telephone Book, Calendars and Font development. At the same time we are exploring different growth areas. We are looking to expand our services to include interactive productions for CD-ROMS and Websites. We are constantly exploring ways to expand and improve our services.

The Beesum Communications team includes:

Ernest Webb, William Nicholls, Neil Diamond, Alex Roslin, Brian Webb, Catherine Bambridge, Linda Ludwick, Rhonda Sherwood, Katerina Cizek, Sylvia Tennisco, Billie Jo Ratt, Deantha Edmunds, Stella Lameboy, Nancy Bobbish, Yvon Boisvert.

JBCCS FINANCIAL STATUS

NORTHERN NATIVE BROADCAST ACCESS PROGRAM GENERAL FUND $292,200.00

Board of Compensation Administration Fund $104,000.00

Ministry of Cultural Communications of Quebec Fund $31,000.00

Other Revenues (Cree School Board / Ad campaigns) $15,700.00

TOTAL REVENUES _________ $442,900.00

JBCCS EXPENDITURES

Board Annual General Meeting 7.5%
Deferred Revenue 4.5%
Note: At the point of printing this report, the JBCCS has not approved the final audit.

FUTURE PLANS

Our network plans proposal was recently submitted to be included in the Quebec MOU negotiations. Our proposal was approved as part of the Quebec MOU agreement.

Our network plans project to be funded and implemented are as follows:

  1. Relocate the JBBCS head office from Mistissini to Ouje Bougoumou $105,000
  2. Digital Radio Network Infrastructure $218,000
  3. Computer Equipment and Networking $61,000
  4. Digital Radio Equipment $140,000

Total Funding Required $524,000

NOTES:

  1. The relocation issue is still on-going.
  2. Operation & Planning Funds are still required.
  3. Television Network plans are currently in the planning stage.

APPENDIX

WHEREAS the James Bay Cree Communications Society is duly incorporated under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act on March 20, 1981. WHEREAS the James Bay Cree Communications Society is a Cree entity. WHEREAS communication is a vital component of Cree self government. WHEREAS the James Bay Cree Communications Society was established for the following purposes as set out in its objects.

  1. to acquire, lease, own, establish, equip, maintain, and operate radio, television or wireless broadcasting and receiving stations for the purpose of transmitting or receiving through the air, either independently or in conjunction with any telegraphic, telephonic or other conducting means, wireless or radio messages of any kind purposes of providing such services to the James Bay Crees and the James Bay Cree communities;
  2. to acquire, print, publish, conduct, circulate and otherwise deal with newspapers, other publications or print media and generally to carry on activities as proprietors, managers, or persons involved with newspapers, magazines, and other print media, and to deal in any manner in regard to the above for the purpose of providing proper communication services to the James Bay Crees and the James Bay Cree communities;
  3. to survey the communications needs of the Cree people of James Bay and the James Bay Cree communities and to plan, organize, and conduct communications projects necessary to meet such needs;
  4. to solve and assist in carrying out programs directed at solving the communications problems of the James Bay Crees and Cree communities of James Bay established and funded by a governmental body, agency, or department, whether it be municipal, federal, or provincial;
  5. to carry out any research programs and to provide and arrange for the provision of technical, professional and other assistance with respect to communications problems in vitue of any programs established and/or funded by a governmental body, agency, or department, whether it be municipal, federal, or provincial;
  6. to provide regional services in regard to communications which may be available to the Cree people of James Bay or the James Bay Cree communities established and/or funded by a governmental body, agency, or department, whether it be municipal, federal, or provincial;
  7. to negotiate with all appropriate governmental and public and private bodies and agencies with respect to funding required for the above mentioned projects;
  8. the purpose and objectives of the Corporation shall be exclusively charitable.

WHEREAS the Board of Directors of the Society convened in Mistissini on August 5 and 6,1997 to discuss and prepare the activity report for the year 96-97 for the purposes of seeking the support by resolution of the 1997 Annual General Assembly of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Estchee);

Resolved:

THAT the members of the 1997 Annual General Assembly of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Estchee) and the Cree Regional Authority acknowledge the importance of communications in the development of a strong Cree Nation; THAT the members support the endeavours of the Society as outlined in its objects which form part of the preamble of this resolution.

Proposed by: Chief Kenneth Gilpin, Seconded by: Donald Gilpin

William S. Grodinsky, Secretary.

Certified copy of a resolution adopted at the Annual General Assemblies held on August 12-14,1997.