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Past Episodes: December 2010 Archives

Crees open new Quebec Embassy

The official grand opening of a new embassy for the Crees of Eeyou Istchee took place on December 3rd in Quebec City. It was also a celebration of the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Grand Council of the Crees, following the signing of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement in 1975. Quebec Premier Jean Charest, Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois, as well as Inuit and Innu leaders were present at the opening. Vincent Georgekish was there and he spoke to Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come about the new Cree Embassy.embassy6.JPG 

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For more interviews on this story, please see our Eyou Dipajimoon program website.

OJ split over sweatlodge debate

Controversy is swirling around the construction of a sweatlodge outside a home in Ouje-Bougoumou. Some people feel the sweatlodge is sacred, while others don`t agree with its practices. Listen here to several points of view on the story. 

OJsweatlodge.JPGRedfern Mianscum built the sweatlodge next to one of his relatives' homes in OJ. A young man on his own healing journey, Redfern says the sweatlodge has helped him beat alcohol and drug problems. Betsy Longchap spoke with him about the conflict in his community.

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John Shecapio Blacksmith and his wife Mary started a petition asking for the sweatlodge to be dismantled. Betsy Longchap sat down with the couple to find out why.

John Shecapio Blacksmith

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Mary Shecapio Blacksmith

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Anna Bosum attended the public meeting about whether or not to dismantle the sweatlodge. She shared her thoughts with Betsy Longchap.

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Benjamin Masty from CBC North's television show Maamuitaau was in OJ to cover the story, but was kicked out of the public meeting. He spoke with Vincent Georgekish. 

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Psychologist Marie-France Raymond explained to Vincent Georgekish that both traditional spiritual practices such as the sweatlodge and modern religions such as Pentecostalism have helped her clients in their healing process. 

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Elder Lawrence Shecapio reflected on the Crees' traditional use of the sweatlodge, as well as his own Christian beliefs, in this interview with Betsy Longchap.

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