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Eyou Dipajimoon
with Christopher Herodier

Mistissini Chief candidates make their pitch

Mistissini voters will go to the polls on July 15th to elect a chief, deputy chief and councillors. We spoke with all eight candidates for chief about their main priorities.

Alfred Loon
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Henry Mianscum

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Ashley Iserhoff

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Richard Shecapio

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Andy Baribeau

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Johnny P. Trapper

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Kenny Blacksmith

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Thomas Neeposh

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Cree music duo CerAmony going separate ways

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The Cree duo of Pakesso Mukash and Matthew A. Iserhoff earned a lot of "firsts" in the Cree music scene. After releasing their self-titled album in 2010, they captured a Juno Award in 2011 for Aboriginal Album of the Year, and in the same year won the Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Songwriting. CerAmony was the first Cree band to play the Bell Centre, and also performed in New York and Berlin among other cities. When they announced their retirement online, Christopher Herodier talked to Pakesso in the studio and Matt on the phone from Whapmagoostui to hear about this last chapter.  
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Watch Maamuitaau's TV report about CerAmony's live performance at Presence Autochtone here.

Namagoose responds to Northern Gateway news

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On June 17th the federal government announced that Endbridge's Northern Gateway project could go ahead if the company meets 209 conditions, some of which relate to First Nations' rights. There are many Aboriginal communities along the planned pipeline route. Bill Namagoose of the Cree Nation Government has been following this file and he spoke with Christopher Herodier about what comes next.
(Photo: Haisla Kitimat protest, CBC) 
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Napash family celebrates double graduation

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Both mother and daughter graduated this spring, after facing some difficult challenges along the way. Lily Chishkamish Napash of Chisasibi completed her studies at Cambrian College in Sudbury, and her daughter Alexandra graduated from Grade 12 at La Salle Secondary School despite her learning disability. Christopher Herodier checked in with Lily, Alexandra, and Christopher Napash. (Photo courtesy Lily Napash) 

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Strateco shuts down Matoush camp

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Yesterday, Strateco Resources announced it will be shutting down its Matoush camp in the Otish mountains, near Mistissini.

Matoush is the most advanced uranium exploration project in Quebec.

But it's been on standby for over a year, ever since the government announced a moratorium on the uranium industry.

Guy Hebert is the president and CEO of Strateco.

Joshua Loon spoke to him about his decision.

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Joshua Loon also spoke with Mistissini Chief Richard Shecapio to hear his reaction to Strateco's latest move.

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The story of a jingle dancer

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Summer is around the corner and that means pow wow season is here. We continue our special look at pow wow culture with the story of Moose Factory jingle dancer Suzie Cheechoo. 
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Organizers amazed by N'we Jinan success

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The N'we Jinan album is a hit. It is a collection of 19 songs produced by the youth of the Cree Nation this past spring with the help of music educator and producer David Hodges. The N'we Jinan tour was sponsered by the Cree Nation Youth Council. The songs were released on iTunes on May 27, 2014 and reached the number one spot in the hip hop category and number eight overall on iTunes Canada that week. David Hodges and Youth Grand Chief Joshua Iserhoff joined us live in studio to talk about the project's success.  
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Watch a CBC TV news report about the N'we Jinan tour here.

Sarah Pash gets PhD after struggling with illness

Sarah Pash, Doctor of Education, May 31, 2014.jpgNine years after starting her doctoral program, Sarah Pash graduated with a PhD in Education from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario on May 31, 2014. A painful illness almost prevented her from finishing. Christopher Herodier spoke with Sarah shortly after her graduation. (Photo courtesy Sarah Pash)

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Proud father Steven Pash also spoke with Christopher Herodier about his daughter's graduation:

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Val d'Or tournament livestreamed for the first time

vald'ortournament.jpgMore than 100 teams will compete in the 22nd Annual Minor Hockey and Broomball tournament that got underway in Val d'Or April 10th. For the first time, fans who can't make it to the tournament can watch live online at this site. Christopher Herodier spoke with organizer Charles J. Hester about what's in store.  
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Bill Namagoose on Quebec election

Liberal-QC-620.jpgQuebec has a new premier, Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard was elected on April 7, 2014. Joshua Loon spoke to Bill Namagoose executive director of the Grand council to get reaction to the results
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