Cree youth must prepare to take over governing Eeyou Istchee
The message was clear - get an education so you can take over the direction of the Cree Nation. On March 16 and 17 more than 400 people, including 200 post secondary students, attended the Cree Roundtable for Capacity Building in Ottawa. During the conference they got a better idea of the vision of the leaders of the past. They also heard about what opportunities and jobs will exist in Eyou Istchee in the future. Liberal leadership hopeful Justin Trudeau was one of the keynote speakers. He had this message for Cree youth:
Many Cree leaders, past and present, attended the roundtable. On Saturday those leaders explained their vision to the students. Dr. Phillip Awashish was one of the principal negotiators of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. Betsy Longchap sat down with him to talk about the long road to self-government.
One of the inspirational speakers at the event was Mimi Neacappo from Chisasibi. She recently finished her Master's degree in linguistics. Betsy Longchap asked her if Cree youth were ready to take over.
The 75 agreements signed by Cree leaders over the last 40 years were outlined and the jobs coming out of those agreements were highlighted. Bill Namagoose spoke with Betsy Longchap to explain why knowing Cree history is so important.
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