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Eyou Dipajimoon
with Christopher Herodier

Pakesso Mukash reflects on Hawaii's indigenous cultural revival

Pak Hawaii twitter.JPGPakesso Mukash recently returned from Hawaii, where he had the chance to learn about an indigenous cultural revival taking place there. In this conversation with Mary Shem, Pakesso compares the Hawaiin education system with the Cree system and shares ways we can learn from what's happening there. Listen here to the interview

History of Cree fiddling studied by Scottish researcher

Cree fiddling is a tradition that dates back to the mid 1700's, when Scottish employees of the Hudson's Bay Company first played their instruments for Cree in James Bay. Recently, a Scottish researcher toured Eeyou Istchee to find out more about the Cree way of fiddling. Dr. Frances Wilkins is a lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the University of Aberdeen. She and her husband, fiddler Ronan Martin, visited our Cree radio studio with their instruments recently.

Former Fort Albany Chief share personal story of survival

Edmund Metatawabin is the former Chief of Fort Albany First Nation in Ontario. He has recently published a memoir called Up Ghost River. It is the story of his time in residential school St. Anne's, where he was taken at the age of 7. It is also the story of how he healed from his experiences. Listen to the interview here.

Sexually transmitted infections on the rise

condoms.jpg In Eeyou Istchee, STIs have become an epidemic. Rates of infection are up to 11 times higher than in the rest of Quebec. Patrice LarivĂ©e, Nurse Counsellor in Sexual Health for the Cree Health Board, is hard at work to find ways to educate and protect Cree youth. 

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


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


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


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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