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Winschgaoug
with Betsy Longchap

Abel Bosum : Finding My Father

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Abel Bosum of Ouj√©-Bougoumou grew up not knowing who his biological father was. At the age of 53, he found his father and his emotions brought him back to when he was a kid. Terrence Duff spoke with Abel Bosum about this important event in his life. 

In the first part of their conversation, he asked Abel if he had ever heard of his father when he was growing up. 

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In the second part, Abel talks about his first meeting with his biological father and how he dealth with his death a few years later.
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Nunaaluk tells story of Cape Hope Islands Inuit

In the 1930s, a small group of Inuit settled on the Cape Hope Islands on James Bay. They moved there because they wanted to get closer to the trading post in Wemindji. Now there's a film that tells their story, ca;e;d Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story. Watch the trailer here
This film is coming soon to your community. Terrence Duff spoke with Dorothy Stewart, Product Development Officer for Cree Outfitters and Tourism Association to find out more about the film project. 

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The bugs are coming on Kaashkopshkaasheewiiyou Eyou!

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Bug season is on its way! As the weather warms up it will soon be time to protect ourselves from the insects that come out to play. That is the topic for this week's Kaashkopshkaasheewiiyou Eyou! with Fred Tomatuk.



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Steven Seagal visits Kahnawake relatives

Beauvais and Seagal.jpgIt is not everyday that a celebrity visits a First Nation community. Last week, Kahnawake had a big surprise when Steven Seagal visited to connect with his extended family. (Photo credit: Ieteronni Beauvais) 


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Up close and personal with the Board of Comp

The Board of Compensation and CreeCo will be touring the communities this Spring. They will be going around the communities to provide information about the Board of Compensation. Betsy Longchap spoke with Darlene Cheechoo, Chairperson of BoC.

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Uranium BAPE hearings come to Eeyou Istchee: a special series to set up this historic event

The BAPE pre-consultation hearings will be in Eeyou Istchee June 3-5, 2014. This is the first phase of the province-wide public hearings into uranium mining. Joshua Loon has prepared a series of interviews to set us up for this important process. Here's what you need to know:

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Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come speaks at BAPE 
The official launch of the provincial BAPE into the uranium industry was on May 20th in Montreal. Rather than wait until the hearings came to Eeyou Istchee, Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come chose to speak at the launch. Afterward he sat down with Joshua Loon for an interview.
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Preparing your message : Darryl Diamond

Darryl Diamond from Post Secondary Student Services in Montreal has a lot of experience in public speaking and preparing presentations. Diamond says no matter how many times you speak in front of people, you have to be prepared. 


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Environmental impacts: Jean Baptist Loon
Special Projects Coordinator Jean Baptist Loon with the Cree Trappers Association has first hand experience looking at environmental impacts of development because he worked on projects like the decline of the caribou. He spoke with Joshua Loon about how projects, big and small, affect the land and wildlife.

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The importance of showing up: Ashley Iserhoff
Former Deputy Grand Chief Ashley Iserhoff has been to a lot of public meetings. He's noticed that Crees have been showing less and less interest in these meetings. Ashley Iserhoff says we have to think about what message it sends when the room is empty.

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How the BAPE works: JP Murdoch
For the next several months, the BAPE hearings will travel the province. Joshua Loon spoke to the President of the Advisory Committee Special Commission J.P. Murdoch about the three phases of the process and how Crees can get involved.

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Taking a stand: Larry House
One man from Chisasibi has decided to speak out against uranium development at the upcoming hearings. Larry House says we are the ones who go out in the bush and hunt, fish and trap. He says most Crees put traditional practices ahead of money.

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Grand Chief speaks at opening of uranium BAPE

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The Provincial BAPE commission into the uranium industry began on May 20th in Montreal.  
About 20 people attended the hearings last night in Montreal. A delegation from the Cree Nation was there, along with environmentalists who presented their thoughts to the commission. The Grand Chief of the Cree Nation, Matthew Coon Come, was one of the first people to present. Joshua Loon spoke with him. 
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$3K education credits for residential school survivors

Former residential school students can apply for a $3000 education credit in any field of study. Larry White Duck from the Assembly of First Nations recently gave an information session about the credits program in Val d'Or. Lily Sutherland of Waswanipi was among the Cree residential school survivors who attended the session and she spoke with Betsy Longchap about the program. 

Fred Tomatuk: Noise

Spring is fast approaching. And in Eeyou-istchee, Goose break is on everyone's mind. One of the traditions at a Cree Goose camp is not to scare the geese as they arrive. Fred Tomatuk talks about that this week in his traditional pursuits column.

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Fred Tomatuk: Blisters

Winter this year is really hanging on, with tempuratures still in the minus 20's. 

While some of us are tired of the cold weather there is a postive side - there is some great snowshoeing still to be had. 

Snowshoeing in the spring can mean more blisters...as the weather changes from cold to mild. 

And that's the subject for this week's Kaapishkwaapishkaashi Eeyou with Fred Tomatuk. 
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