Topic: northern quebec

Air Creebec cancels route linking Timmins, Rouyn-Noranda, Montreal

Air Creebec has confirmed that its flights between Timmins, Ont., and Montreal via Rouyn-Noranda will be suspended as of May 24. The service has been offered since July 2018, but struggled. 

Water woes in Wemindji: service expected back tonight

Residents in the James Bay community of Wemindji are into their second day without running water and officials are advising people to boil any river water collected for at least 20 minutes before consuming it.

Cree player ranked as 1st round draft pick for QMJHL

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League scouts have ranked Mistissini's Israel Mianscum, a first-round draft prospect heading into next month's QMJHL draft in Quebec City, which many say is a first for a Cree player in Quebec. 
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'It's all I've known': Floods, evacuations take toll on Kashechewan residents

As the community of Kashechewan in northern Ontario continues to fight for relocation, residents are dealing with the trauma of repeated, and at times dangerous, evacuations due to flooding.

James Bay community works to get handle on large, free-roaming dog population

The James Bay community of Waswanipi in northern Quebec says it is determined to finally get a handle on a free-roaming — and at times aggressive — dog population.

Cree hockey team wins national title

A hockey team from Waswanipi, Que., got the chance to pay an emotional tribute to one of its founding members and win the Fred Sasakamoose 'Chief Thunderstick' All-Reserve Invitation Senior Contact Hockey Tournament.

3 die in head-on collision Saturday on Quebec's Route 117

Paul Ottereyes, Stella Polson and Philippe Boutin died after their vehicles were involved in the accident. The Sûreté du Québec confirmed their identities in a press release.

Northerners honoured at Rideau Hall for volunteering, leadership

Three northerners are receiving medals from Governor General Julie Payette for search and rescue in the N.W.T., candy drops in remote Arctic communities, and blazing trails for mountain bikers in Whitehorse.

Cree bus service catching on in unexpected way

Numbers collected for 2018 show the parcel rather than passenger service is in demand.

Cree hunter upset after Quebec police question if his guns are registered

Samuel Cox, a Cree hunter and firearms instructor from Chisasibi, says he was stopped by provincial police while out hunting. He was asked to provide proof that his guns were registered under the new provincial long-gun registry.

'I'll forever cherish our moments together': Cree Nation elder and mentor honoured

Many in the James Bay region of Quebec are sharing cherished memories or sage bits of advice given to them by elder William J. Stephen. He passed away April 5 at the age of 89.

Cree customary adoption system taking shape

Quebec Cree are moving toward their own customary adoption system. Under changes to Quebec's adoption laws and Civil Code adopted in 2017, the widespread and longstanding tradition of Indigenous customary adoption is now legally recognised in Quebec.

Cree cuber sets sights on cubing World Championships

An up and coming Cree cuber from the James Bay region of Quebec continues his march toward his dream of setting a world record in cubing. This past weekend, Duff made the podium in four separate competitions at the Montreal Limited Winter 2019 speed-cubing competition. 

Community arena in Kangirsuk, Que., burns to the ground

The fire was reported around midnight Sunday. Firefighters were at the scene much of Monday. There is only one fire truck in the northern Quebec community.

Food fight developing in Quebec Cree community of Chisasibi

An attempt by the Cree community of Chisasibi to regulate the very popular activity of buying and selling locally made food got messy Tuesday after a rumour exploded on social media that the band office was trying to shut food sellers down. 

Quebec Cree encourage return to tradition of sustainable gathering and sharing

In an attempt to encourage a more environmental way of meeting and gathering, the Cree Nation Government passed a resolution last week challenging its departments, local entities, governments and individuals to move away from single use polystyrene plastics.

James Bay Cree move to 'unlock' value in private homes

The Cree Nation Government unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday to remove 75 year limit on land leases and allow Cree families to build up equity in their homes.  

'Gentle and kind': Cree pay tribute to diver missing in Mexico

Some Cree are paying tribute to a young diver who went missing off the coast of Mexico. Cameron Donaldson was scuba diving with his mother near Cozumel on March 16 when he didn't return from a dive as expected. 

'It's going to be fabulous': Plains Cree host looks forward to historic NHL broadcast

Earl Wood says he can't wait to be part of a historic broadcast of an NHL game in the Plains Cree language. The match between the Montreal Canadiens and the Carolina Hurricanes will air on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network on Sunday.

'In my blood': Cree youth chases hockey dream

Israel Mianscum, from Mistissini, Que., is getting a chance to chase a dream that started at the age of two, and carry the considerable hockey hopes of the Quebec Cree Nation with him. 

Cree conference offers training for front-line workers to help 2-spirited youth

A Cree conference taking place in Montreal this week is expanding to offer training for social workers, mental health workers, student counsellors and court workers so they can better help Indigenous LGBTQ and two-spirited youth.

Check out the CBC North stories nominated for RTDNA awards

CBC North has been nominated for several Radio Television Digital News Association nominations in diversity, breaking news, sports, radio and television for coverage in 2018.

Cree hope toxic Quebec mine site can have a new life

Efforts to clean up one of the worst abandoned mine sites in Quebec are moving forward. Government officials, scientists and representatives from nearby communities recently met to continue work on a rehabilitation plan.

Canadian Forces band to play northern Quebec for 1st time

It's a first for Kuujjuaq and a first for northern Quebec. A brass quintet from the Royal 22e Régiment Band will be in the community on Wednesday to play a free concert.

Cree translator in House of Commons 'proud' to be part of history

Priscilla Bosum was asked to simultaneously translate from Eastern Cree into English in the House of Commons for New Democratic MP Romeo Saganash.

Nunavut preschool wins $1M Arctic Inspiration Prize

Five projects from across the North, including a greenhouse, an ecology camp, and an art program, will split nearly $2.6 million in prize money.

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.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of Jan. 21, 28

February is here, and with it, the frigid winter temperatures the North is known for. Luckily for us, your cameras seem to be working just fine in the cold! Check out two weeks of your best photos from across the North.

Overnight fire rips through northern Quebec's Camp Nemiscau

A major fire has destroyed the cafeteria and a small convenience store at Quebec's Camp Nemiscau overnight, but no one was hurt.

Quebec's police watchdog investigating young girl's death in Nunavik

A young woman was found dead in the Nunavik community of Salluit on Jan. 27. Police had finished a brief search for the girl when she was found dead under a home.

As eelgrass disappears in James Bay, so does a way of life

Traditional land users and scientists gathered in Chisasibi this week to exchange knowledge of the loss of eelgrass and other changes in the James Bay region.

Here are the artists nominated for the 2019 Indigenous Music Album Juno

Elisapie, Jeremy Dutcher, Leonard Sumner, Northern Cree, and Snotty Nose Rez Kids are nominated for the award, which is presented by APTN.

Cree museum wins Governor General's History Award

Footprints: A Walk Through Generations has won a 2018 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums.

Chisasibi radio celebrates 35 years of connecting Cree

Chisasibi CHFG radio station celebrates more than 35 years connecting Cree to each other and the rest of the world.

'It's a huge thing': Film starring 2 Nunavik teens screening at Sundance Film Festival

Two teenagers from the Nunavik village of Kangirsuk want to show case their culture in a short film.

Alleged victim of spousal abuse says Cree police services lacking

A Cree woman from Quebec says Cree police and the justice system let her down in August 2018 when she turned to them after deciding to leave the father of her two children.

Midnight Shine highlights Cree language in video cover of Neil Young classic

Northern Ontario Cree band Midnight Shine has just released its latest video, adding a personal touch to Neil Young’s Heart of Gold by singing a verse in Mushkegowuk Cree.
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10 years sober: Cree woman shares impacts of alcohol in viral video

On the 10th anniversary of quitting drinking, Carol-Ann Tanoush of Nemaska, Que., shares an emotional video about the impacts of alcohol on her life and how she broke the cycle of addiction for her family.

2 Cree communities expanding recycling programs

Two Quebec communities are working to be greener this year, by expanding or starting recycling programs.

Ground search ended for Cree man missing in northwestern Quebec

Provincial police say a ground search for 40 year old Charlie Wapachee, missing since December 5th in Senneterre found nothing. The investigation continues.
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Your North: CBC North's best reader photos of 2018

From Northern lights to northern life, 2018 was another incredible year for photos from our readers. Take a look at our top 10 of the year, plus 20 honourable mentions.

Space tech that feeds high-end diners in Toronto could help Canada's North

Academics and entrepreneurs believe Canadian technology developed to help feed future astronauts could be adapted for building large scale vertical farms in Canada's North. Advances in LEDs make these operations a possible cost effective solution to provide fresh local produce.

Call for all-out hunting ban for George River caribou renewed by Nunatsiavut government

Tony Andersen, natural resources minister with the Nunatsiavut Government, said he believes the Innu Nation will come on board for a ban.

Hydroponic pilot project plants seed for Kuujjuaq-grown produce

Inside a shipping container, hundreds of heads of lettuce and plants like mountain sorrel are growing using hydroponics.

Beyond the Indian Act: Cree Nation looks for housing solutions

The Cree Nation looks remove systemic barriers to creating value in real estate and unlock the value in private homes to address housing crisis in Cree territory.

Cree Nation calls for Paix des Braves-like body to oversee implementation of inquiry recommendations

The Cree Nation says recommendations from the Viens Commission will gather 'dust on a shelf' if the province of Quebec doesn't mandate a committee with teeth to oversee it.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of Nov. 27, Dec. 3, 10

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a super-sized gallery of your best photos from across the North?

Farming for the future: Cree potato project keeps traditional knowledge alive

Decades ago, Chisasibi residents harvested potatoes at a farm on Fort George Island. Now, the potato farm is back: the centrepiece of a project aimed at preserving food security and local knowledge.

Cree Nation identifies 30 per cent of its territory in conservation wish list

The Cree Nation Government has submitted a proposal for conservation under Quebec's Plan Nord development strategy. The proposed areas represent a territory roughly the size of Ireland, about 80,000 square kilometres.

Cree Nation bans Indigenous harvest of George River caribou

The Cree Nation government is moving to restrict the caribou harvest in an effort to protect the George River and Leaf River herds.

Cree youth workers to get Concordia University certification

A new training program is being accredited through Concordia University to help train Cree front-line youth workers in territory.

Conference Board of Canada suggests 3D printing could help solve Northern housing issues

'It takes little imagination to understand the potential uses of 3D printing in the Canadian North,' says the report.

350 years of Waskaganish: Yearlong celebration highlights Cree community's rich history

It was on September 29, 1668 that the Nonsuch ship anchored off the mouth of the Rupert River, near present day Waskaganish and the crew set about making a winter camp.

Innovative project highlighting James Bay wins tourism award

An adventure contest and web reality series highlighting the James Bay region of Quebec has won an award of excellence from the provincial government.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Nov. 5

Winter has landed in much of the North, but it's not stopping you — or the local wildlife — from getting out and exploring in your best photos of the week.

Hunting changes, ice safety on agenda at Cree climate change forum

The changing climate is bringing changes to traditional practices in Northern Quebec. This week, representatives from government met with elders, land users, and climate experts to discuss how best to adapt.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Oct. 29

October is in the rearview mirror, but it left with a bang: providing incredible landscapes and sights for your best photos of the week from across the North.

'Legend' retires after 40 years with CBC North's Cree unit

'I really loved the work that went with it. It was fun,' says Emma Saganash. 'It kept me speaking my language and kept me in touch with my own people.'
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Oct. 22

There's no shortage of gorgeous landscapes, but foxes and a pair of mischievous ravens highlight this week's selection of your best photos of the week from across the North.

New award recognizes Byron Jonah as 'greatest fiddler of Eeyou Istchee'

The third edition of the Eeyou Istchee Awards adds new fiddling category and recognizes a Cree elder for her sewing and mentorship, along with a media award for Emma Saganash, manager of the Cree unit for CBC North.

Canada to apologize for treatment of Inuit with tuberculosis in mid-20th century

Inuit across the North were plucked from their communities and taken to sanatoriums in southern Canada for tuberculosis treatment in the mid-20th century, and now the federal government is poised to apologize.

Video of sobbing 6-year-old sparks conversation around school bullying

Andrew Mianscum Jr., who goes to school in the Cree community of Mistissini, Que., has been bullied about his school work. The video his sister posted has been viewed 220,000 times.

Potholes on James Bay Highway inspire Cree singer to write blues tune

Manuan Lafond chases a lifelong dream with the release of a blues song about how bad the James Bay Highway is.

Chisasibi looks to Hydro-Québec for reassurance in wake of dam breach scare

Hydro-Québec says more information is needed to reassure Chisasibi residents after a rumour that a nearby dam had been breached in September caused panic in the community.

More communication needed after false alarm leaves Cree community in shock, say residents

The call for better communication comes after a false alarm in September which left the people of Chisasibi panicking.
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Threads of a Cree life: Montreal student unveils epic full caribou hide beadwork

After three years of work, a Montreal student has unveiled 'My Grandmother's Garden,' a piece of full-hide beadwork that honours her grandmother and Indigenous women.

Waskaganish powwow goes ahead as planned, despite controversial referendum

A traditional powwow in the Cree community of Waskaganish went ahead as planned over the weekend despite controversy and opposition from some community members.

From classrooms to cabins, new Arctic atlas hopes to spark imaginations

Three environmental organizations have released a free atlas featuring a comprehensive overview of the Arctic's changing environment, along with the animals and people that live there.

Young Cree dancer hopes Waskaganish accepts powwow

'I can guarantee you that it has helped me in more ways than any church or any other religion could,' Charity Lacroix wrote.

17-year-old arrested in relation to fire that destroyed Kuujjuaq office building

Police in Quebec arrested a teenage girl in Kuujjuaq in connection with a fire earlier this week that caused $2 million in damage to an office building.

Slim majority opposes Waskaganish traditional powwow; organizers moving ahead anyway

Organizer Susan Esau says this vote "shows that people need to be educated about what a powwow really is.' She didn't cast a ballot in the vote because 'we don't vote on other cultural matters.'

Use it or lose it: Cree community takes action on language preservation

Wemindji's language coordinator says that for years, she felt as if she was 'fighting a monster alone.' But that's changed in recent months, with a resurgence in interest in preserving and promoting the Cree language.

$2M of damage after fire destroys Kuujjuaq office building

Quebec provincial police are investigating an early-morning fire that destroyed an office building in Kuujjuaq. The building was home to the Nunavik health board's youth protection division.

Making music: Young Cree cellist performs with travelling Quebec opera

Chaakapesh: the Trickster's Quest is touring six Inuit, Cree and Innu communities in Northern Quebec.

Low graduation rate a focus for new Cree School Board chairperson

Sarah Pash, from the community of Chisasibi, says she's committed to improving the Cree School Board's graduation rate through academic, emotional and social support.

'Get our voices heard': 2 Inuit women make history in Quebec election

Two women are making history as the first female Inuit candidates in a Quebec provincial election.

Quebec Cree hold protest, ramping up pressure to protect untouched forest

Cree from the James Bay community of Waswanipi are vowing to keep up pressure on the Quebec government to protect a vital piece of virgin forest near their community.

'I started freaking out': Pregnant Chisasibi resident describes chaos after fake evacuation report

A false rumour of Chisasibi's dam breaking last week sent residents of the Northern Quebec Cree community into a panic, leading to the chief and residents wondering who was responsible.

Cree Grand Chief Abel Bosum named to Order of Canada

The grand chief of the Cree Nation, Abel Bosum, was named to the Order of Canada at a ceremony on Thursday in Ottawa.
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'It's not fair': Cree council calls referendum on controversial powwow

In a move threatening to divide neighbours in a small Cree village in Quebec, residents are being asked to vote on whether a traditional powwow should be allowed to go ahead.

'There was a panic': Fake rumour causes evacuation in northern Quebec community

A Cree community in northern Quebec was sent into a panic on Saturday evening after someone spread a false rumour that a dam near the community broke and people were in danger.

'It's so important': Posters in Cree help kids learn language in James Bay region

The posters teach things like colour, numbers, shaped, emotions and weather, among other things.

Quebec bar honours lawyer who works in Cree, Indigenous communities

'I'm particularly honoured to receive this distinction,' says Christian Leblanc, who is also the prosecutor-in-chief for the Viens Commission.
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2-spirit Cree advocate encourages young people with release of new book

Mathias (Maloose) Jolly, from the James Bay region of Quebec, is hoping to make a difference in the lives of Indigenous youth and to encourage them to speak up about trauma in their lives.

Cree lawyer speaks publicly at Viens Commission about abuse suffered in youth

'In our culture and our language there are obstacles to speaking out,' says Paul John Murdoch. He told the Viens Commission that until those obstacles are addressed, 'problems of suicide, depression and substance abuse' will continue.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of July 23, 30, Aug. 6, 13

It's been a few weeks since our last gallery, so we're catching up with a super-sized edition: four weeks of your best photos from across the North.

Study continues in Nunavik to assess impact of climate change on Inuit health

Project BriGHT (Bridging Global change, Inuit Health and the Transforming Arctic Ocean) is assessing how climate change is affecting nutrients in marine food, which Inuit eat.

'Botched' renovations in Nunavik homes will cost $100M to fix, lawyers claim

Nunavik and Quebec's social housing authorities are suing construction companies for a total of $100 million for alleged faulty renovations in the province's northern region.

Youth learn how to be warriors through Maori dance program in Kangiqsujuaq

The program aims to teach youth empowerment, including the importance of identity. 'If we don't know our identity and who we are then someone else will give an identity for us and oftentimes that identity is based on lies,' says the workshop's instructor.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of July 2, 9

Rainy days have led to slow summer starts in many parts of the North, but they've also produced some incredible rainbows — the stars of this gallery of your best reader photos from across the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, and Nunavik.

3-year-old boy drowns near Kangirsuk, Que.

The family was in a river 50 kilometres from the community, said the mayor. Community members are searching for the boy's body.

Police seize bottles, bags of 94% alcohol bound for Akulivik

Search warrants uncover 46 bottles of vodka and six clear four-litre bags of strong alcohol heading to the Nunavik community.

'It looked easy for him:' Air Creebec pilot safely lands plane in trouble

The medical charter, which was carrying five patients and a nurse, landed with one operational engine in Val-d'Or, Que.

Keep up to date with Ashley's weather blog

Ashley Brauweiler, CBC North's meteorologist, keeps track of weather moving across the region.

Indigenous hockey team that endured racist taunts 'overwhelmed' by response to story

The manager of Quebec's First Nation Elites says they've received messages of support from all over the country, and from the NHL. 'We are thankful everyone is taking this seriously.'

Policing, housing still need to be addressed by Quebec Indigenous commission: Cree chief

Grand Chief Abel Bosum praised the Viens Commission for its work, after more than a week and a half of hearings in the Cree community of Mistissini, Que. However, he says there is still more work to be done.

Former Cree leader testifies at public inquiry about racist treatment at Val-d'Or hospital

William Mianscum says health care workers should be educated about the Indigenous patients they serve.

Woman testifies at public inquiry, says Indigenous youth struggling with loss of culture

'We tell young people it's your fault if the language is dying,' said a Cree youth leader.

Non-Indigenous police 'over-criminalized' Cree youth in Quebec, inquiry hears

The newly-appointed director of the Eeyou Eenou Police Force, which serves the Cree communities of Quebec, says more needs to be done to help get Cree, and other Indigenous people, trained to be police officers.

Is that a pothole or sinkhole on this northern Quebec highway? Man jumps in to sort it out

A significant sinkhole on the James Bay Highway in northern Quebec prompted a man to post a photo of himself inside it to warn others.