A recent RCMP report identified more than 1,000 aboriginal girls and women gone missing or murdered over the past few decades. Whenever there is a disproportionate targeting of a specific and identifiable sector of our population for rape, murder and sex trafficking, then it becomes a public and a national issue. What has happened to Tina and more than 1,000 women is not just an aboriginal issue; it’s an issue that all Canadians must take seriously and grapple with. As the police officer who found Tina’s body said: “Society should be horrified.”
The Cree, Inuit and Naskapi scored an important victory on August 4, 2014, when the Québec Court of Appeal declared the provincial government had violated their treaty rights when it set caribou sport hunting levels and dates in Northern Québec for the 2011-2012 season.
Judgment: Corporation Makivik c. Québec (Procureure générale), 2014 QCCA 1455, http://canlii.ca/t/g8gdt
WASWANIPI, EEYOU ISTCHEE (QUEBEC), AUGUST 8, 2014: The James Bay Cree Nation yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring that their territory of Eeyou Istchee remains free of uranium exploration, mining and waste emplacement activities. In a resolution passed unanimously at the Annual General Assembly held in Waswanipi, the Cree Nation reaffirmed the permanent moratorium on uranium development in Eeyou Istchee that was originally enacted in August 2012.
The 37th Annual General Assembly 2014 has begun.
KITIGAN ZIBI-(Maniwaki, Quebec), July 8, 2014: Gino Odjick former NHL player from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg is in a fight for his life; battling serious health issues. The friends and supporters of his First Nation community and the town of Maniwaki have gathered behind Gino Odjick to show their love and support by declaring July 25, 2014 “GINODAY- JOURNÉE GINO-GINOKIJIGAD”. On this day, a Golf Tournament will be held at the Club de Golf Algonquin, located in Messines, Quebec and a Music Event at L’Auberge du Draveur, located in Maniwaki, Quebec. Special guests have been invited to attend this event and anyone wanting to join in this day of support to Gino Odjick is welcomed to participate.
Earlier today representatives of the Cree Nation Government/Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) announced their support and sponsorship of a youth canoe expedition in support of the campaign to protect the Broadback River and surrounding watershed. The 2014 Broadback River Youth Expedition is being organized by the Cree Nation Government Environment and Remedial Works Department and the Cree Nation Government Youth Department and is scheduled to depart near the headwaters of the Broadback River on August 7th with its conclusion in Waskaganish on or about August 25th.
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Nishiyuu Walk from Whapmagoostui to Ottawa
A group of young men came together within the community of Whapmagoostui, on the east coast of Hudson Bay, to embark on a difficult journey.
They joined together in solidarity with other First Nations in Canada to express to the world their resolve to make a difference in support of better conditions for Aboriginal people in Canada and globally. They came together to promote protection of the environment and stewardship of the land for future generations of all descent, all around the world.
The young men were inspired by David Kawapit to walk a great distance across foreign terrain, facing extreme weather conditions along the way. They started from Whapmagoostui and walked 1,700 kilometers to Canada's National Capital of Ottawa. The group set out as just seven walkers and arrived in Ottawa weeks later with over 4,000 people who joined in support of their cause.
The Nishiyuu Walkers, through their heroics and leadership, inspired many Canadians from all walks of life to come together and express their solidarity, intent on creating a better future.
"The Cree of Eeyou Istchee welcome the opportunity to provide our perspective on the Plan Nord. The Cree welcome responsible, sustainable development of our traditional lands, Eeyou Istchee. We want to be real partners in the development of our territory's vast potential. At the outset, one should recall certain key principles." - Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come