Danielle Mukash is an Abenaki from Odanak in Quebec. She has lived among the James Bay Cree since she married in the 1970's Mathew Mukash, a former Grand Chief of the James Bay Cree.
She reflects here about her people's love of the land and how the construction of hydroelectric dams over the years has altered and threatened a traditional way of life. In her conversation she flows effortlessly from French to English. This interview was produced by Montreal filmmaker Caroline Nepton Hotte. It can also be viewed on the 8th Fire's French language site.
Caroline Nepton Hotte is a host for a national radio series called L'Avenir est indien which will air on Radio-Canada in January. She has been a journalist with Radio- Canada since 2007 and before that worked for more than a decade with First Nations organizations. She's a member of the Innu community of Mashteuiatsh, au Lac Saint-Jean, Québec. Read more