Susan Bell

Susan Bell is a digital reporter with the Cree Unit in Montreal.

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Cree elders less isolated with move to Red Cross emergency shelter

A fire in September at a multi-service day centre where the elders were living forced a relocation to hospital. The repairs to their residence are expected to take four months.

'Like her mom': Cree 13-year-old develops passion for moose hunting

13-year-old Trinity Bosum was so excited at the thought of harvesting her first moose that she did it without her boots on.  

Northern Quebec community reeling after young people fire shots, vandalize school

Extra security, enforcement of a curfew, and calls for an expanded police are just some of the measures being put in place after several shots were fired on Thanksgiving Monday. No one was injured.

Cree community on edge after COVID-19 outbreak at nearby hydro facilities

With 14 cases of COVID-19 confirmed at two Hydro-Quebec worksites in northern Quebec, some Cree officials are worried about possible spread to the nearby community of Chisasibi.

3 mining operations build on-site COVID-19 labs in northern Quebec

There are now three mining or exploration sites in Cree territory which have on-site laboratories and whose workers have been granted an exemption from the need to self-isolate for two weeks.

Cree Nation moves forward with plans for college

The online roundtable updated efforts to get more post-secondary educational options into the Cree communities, either online or as a bricks-and-mortar CEGEP, as public-sector colleges are called in Quebec.

Cree partners keep large-scale eelgrass research on track during pandemic 

For decades, Cree hunters have been reporting a dramatic decline in eelgrass beds along the James Bay coast and dwindling numbers of Canada geese, which are a staple in the Cree diet. 

'A remarkable life': Teenager who inspired many in the Cree Nation remembered

Phoenix Neeposh, 14, had been fighting osteosarcoma - bone cancer - since the age of eight. 

Northern Quebec wildlife officials rely on Cree to provide crucial data on wildlife

The information collected from the 'Citizen Scientist' initiative will be used to help identify critical habitats, rare species, invasive species, as well as changes in population and migration of species important to Cree cultural practices.

Canned meat and chicken wings secret to catching crabs in northern Quebec

After years of watching Discovery Channel reality shows such as Cold Water Cowboys and Deadliest Catch, a restaurant owner in northern Quebec trapped some crabs in the waters of James Bay.

Badly needed elders' homes delayed by COVID-19 in northern Quebec Cree communities

Three 32-bed homes were slated to open by the end of 2021. They now won't open until the summer or fall of 2022 because of a desire to keep outside construction workers away from Cree communities to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Quebec Cree pass mandatory self-isolation law

"We were concerned with the laws coming from the government of Quebec. They didn't necessarily make sense for us and at times they were contradictory," said Paul John Murdoch, secretary of the Cree Nation Government.

As deconfinement looms, Cree communities begin asymptomatic testing for COVID-19

Since last week, the Cree health board in northern Quebec has added the ability to carry out 140 screening tests per week on vulnerable populations such as elders and those who aren't showing symptoms, but who have travelled from high risk regions such as Montreal and Ottawa.

Mohawk hunter supplies Mother's Day meal of traditional goose meat to Cree patients in Montreal

Cree Public Health asked hunters like Bob Patton Jr., a Mohawk from Kahnawake and Raymond Duff, a Cree living in Ottawa to harvest geese to help Cree get a taste of home during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Lessons from H1N1 flu in 2009 helped Quebec Cree communities prepare for COVID-19

In 2009, the H1N1 flu virus hit Kitty's home community of Chisasibi hard — hospitalizing people at a rate 33 times higher than in the rest of Quebec. 

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