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Winschgaoug
with Betsy Longchap

$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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The Geese Are Coming!

Spring has officially started, and the geese are on their way back from the south. In his traditional pursuits column, Fred Tomatuk talks about getting ready for goose break.
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Former Deputy Grand Chief on Quebec election

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With the Quebec Election only a few weeks away, we wanted to find out what the big issues are for the Cree Nation. Ashley Iserhoff has been a leader in the Cree Nation for a long time, He first started at the Youth Council and then graduated to the Grand Council, where he served two terms as Deputy Grand Chief. Christopher Herodier spoke to Ashley Iserhoff to get his thoughts on the Quebec election. 


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Cree woman travels far from Eeyou Istchee

It's been a long winter this year and perhaps some of us wanted to be where it was hot and sunny. That is exactly what Minnie Wapachee Bosum from Ouj√©-Bougoumou did, but she wasn't there for a luxury vacation. She went to Liberia in West Africa. Betsy Longchap spoke with her about her trip. 

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Survey reveals available workforce for mines

The mining sector is booming in Eeyou Istchee, with projects planned near Mistissini, Ouje - Bougoumou and also Nemaska. A survey was recently carried out to make sure that people know about the jobs available in the industry. It also provides a clearer picture of what kind of training and certification people in the territory have. Joshua Loon spoke with Abel Trapper, with the Cree Human Resources Department. 
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Grand Chief explains the need for the CDC

The Grand Council of Crees continues a massive restructuring of it's economic entities. At the end of the shake-up, the considerable economic power of Eeyou Istchee will fall under one umbrella - the Cree Development Corporation or CDC. The CDC will control all Cree entities such as Air Creebec, Creeco, Cree Construction and others. It will also administer an investment fund worth close to $300 Million dollars. Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come says the CDC is needed  to ensure the profits made by Cree entities and businesses stay in Eeyou Istchee and aren't clawed back by the federal government. 

Matthew Coon Come Part 1 - What is the Cree Development Corporation? 
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Matthew Coon Come Part 2 - Own Source Revenue - one reason why the CDC is needed.
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Matthew Coon Come Part 3 - Grand Chief addresses some of the concerns around CDC

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Matthew Coon Come Part 4 - How CDC will benefit communities 
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Rodney Mark - CDC Part 5 - Deputy Grand Chief with latest on CDC planning
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Fred Tomatuk: Bird Hunting

In this week's traditional pursuits column, Fred Tomatuk talks about how people used to hunt for birds on the territory.
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Neeposh family tackling health goals together

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One Mistissini family has decided to change their lifestyle by eating more healthy food. After 67 days, they've lost 44 inches and 128 lbs altogether. Abel Neeposh is the husband and father of five who decided to start eating right because he saw his health was at risk. As he explained to Joshua Loon, his family members promised to support one other until they reach their goals. (Photo: Stacy Neeposh) 
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