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Past Episodes: June 2011 Archives

Grand Chief explains new human rights rules

Matthew-Coon-Come-grand-chef.jpgAs of June 18th, First Nations people living on reserves are formally included in protections listed under the Canadian Human Rights Act. That means First Nations members can challenge their own bands under the act if they think living conditions on reserves are discriminatory, for example, if they do not have equal access to child welfare, education, and safe drinking water. Melissa Natachequan spoke with Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come to find out what this means for the Crees of Eeyou Istchee.
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CTA keeps close eye on fur market

Crees in Eeyou Istchee still have a big presence in the fur trading industry. The Fur Institute of Canada had its annual general assembly June 10-12 in Winnipeg. With so many bans and controversies when it comes to buying and wearing fur, the Cree Trappers Association pays close attention to market trends. Thomas Coon, the vice-president of the CTA, attended the assembly and spoke with Melissa Natachequan about it afterward.
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Eastmain honours hunt with Goose Dance

Lately we have seen many of the old Cree traditions coming back to Eeyou Istchee. Some of these ancient ways were lost when the non-Aboriginal people came and brought new religions. A young man in Eastmain had a dream of a dance done to honour the geese. After consulting with elders, the dream was brought to reality as the Goose Dance. Roger Orr who lives in Nemaska has been going to the Goose Dance in Eastmain since it started a few years back, and he spoke with Melissa Natachequan about why he feels it's important.
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Eastmain Elder Daniel Moses doesn't remember seeing the goose dance hismself in the old days, but does remember the story. He spoke with Melissa Natachequan about it.
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