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with Betsy Longchap

Aanischaaukamikw Artifacts, with Gaston Cooper

Some of you may have had the chance to visit the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in Ouje-Bougoumou... But for those who have not, we're going to bring some of their most prized artifacts to you, on the radio. Communications officer Gaston Cooper guides us through.

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Part 1 : Women's Beaded Hood. (Photo: Paula Menarick with her replica) Click here to listen to the audio

Part 2 : 100-year-old toboggan (Photo: Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute) Click here to listen to the audio.

Part 3: They Odeyak (seen here arriving in New York, 1990). Click here to listen to the audio.

Language Keepers - Elsie Duff

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Elsie Duff was one of first Cree Language teachers with the Cree School Board. Though retired, she continues to work tirelessly to conserve our language, working with many organizations translating or teaching Cree. Terrence Duff spoke to her for our Language Keepers series. Listen to the interview

Language Keepers - Ruth Salt

Ruth Salt is a retiree from Cree School Board, She was a Education Consultant in the Cree Programs and has worked tirelessly to preserve the Cree Language. Listen to her interview with Terrence Duff here

The Language Keepers - Edith Jolly Matoush

syllabics.gifThe Language Keepers is a special series hightlighting efforts to preserve and strenghten the Cree language.  Edith Jolly Matoush of Nemaska is a Cree Language Teacher at Luke Mettaweskum Memorial School in her community. This is her 29th year teaching the language. Betsy Longchap spoke with her about the importance of perserving the Cree Language. Listen here.

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!


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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