Gareth Hampshire


Gareth Hampshire is an award-winning journalist who has been covering Edmonton for CBC News since 1998.

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Cree School Board suspends in-school learning until at least the fall

Schools in northern Quebec Cree communities will remain closed until at least the fall, a decision announced late yesterday by the Cree School Board executive committee and made in collaboration with local government and health officials. 

Northern Quebec hip-hop group invites Indigenous youth to show off dance moves

The idea behind the #showmeyourstyle contest was to give young people stuck at home because of COVID-19 something positive to do, and to give Indigenous youth a platform to showcase their dancing talent.

4 cases of COVID-19 among Cree reported in territory and Montreal

There are now four cases of COVID-19 among Cree in Quebec — three in communities in northern Quebec and one case involving a Cree patient in Montreal. 

Cree officials ask goose hunters to stay close to home over COVID-19 concerns

The Cree Trappers Association and the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay have issued a joint statement asking hunters to abandon plans to hunt in the South this year in places near Montreal and Ottawa, such as Alfred, Ontario, over concerns about COVID-19. 

Cree leaders work to calm fears over surprising $4.7B infrastructure deal

Cree leaders in Quebec are focused on reassuring a jittery population after announcing a far-reaching economic development agreement with Quebec regarding massive infrastructure improvements in the territory over the next 30 years and, very likely, more resource extraction projects.

$4.7B 'Grande Alliance' agreement in northern Quebec is called Cree vision of development

The Grand Council of the Crees says the Grande Alliance, a $4.7 billion economic development project announced Monday, is the Cree vision of development and represents a 'clear break from the past colonial and paternalistic government policies' that kept their communities undeveloped. 

2-Spirit Cree singer releases video about journey from struggle to hope

A 19-year-old two-spirit Cree singer and educator credits art and music with saving their life and honours their mother and first love in a new single and video Love is up the River.

Quebec Cree hip-hop duo make video about youth struggles

The group The NorthStars hope its video will trigger some important conversations about mental health.

CBC launches its 1st Cree language podcast, Wiih'teh

Betsy Longchap, a senior reporter and host working with CBC North's Cree unit in Montreal, introduces CBC's first Cree language podcast.

'He still has a smile': Man walks through northern Quebec for grandson with cancer

James Neeposh is walking more than 250 km for his 13-year-old grandson Phoenix, who is in Montreal receiving treatment for his seventh recurrence of bone cancer.

'Like losing a loved one': Quebec dam renaming painful for some Cree

This week, Hydro-Québec officials and Quebec premier François Legault announced the renaming of a dam and generating station in honour of former Quebec premier Bernard Landry. Some Cree leaders support the re-dedication, but for others, it is a painful reminder of all that development has cost.

Hands in the dirt allows Cree woman to connect with ancestors

Josephine Diamond, 29, found a pipe dating from the 1800s and a passion for archaeology through her work with Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute's archeology team in the James Bay region of Quebec.

Quebec Cree community bans plastic bags, Styrofoam

The James Bay Cree community of Chisasibi has become the first in Eeyou Istchee to ban plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam containers.

Cree Miss Eeyou/Eenou crown to change hands

The 2nd Miss Eeyou/Eenou pageant is planned for Saturday, March 2 in Chisasibi, Que.

Hitting the right note: 2 new pianos on the way for Cree students

Videos of two young Cree piano players sparked fundraisers in the community. Now they will be getting two new pianos.