Topic: northern quebec

Etulu Etidloie, celebrated Cape Dorset musician, dies

Etidloie was well-known across Baffin Island and in Nunavik for his songs, through which he shared personal memories.

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.

'A profound benefit': Home dialysis coming to Quebec Cree

The Cree Board of Health and Social Services announced the launch of a home hemodialysis pilot project Thursday, in collaboration with the Cree Nation of Waswanipi.

Cree community tackles bootlegging and drug dealing

More than 200 people attended a community meeting in Chisasibi to discuss the illegal sale of drugs and alcohol and the resulting social issues, as the community deals with the suicides of three youth since January.

Quebec Cree deal with travel, isolation just to see a medical specialist

Each year, thousands of Quebec Cree patients travel south to see medical specialists unavailable in the North. Montreal's Espresso Hotel is one of the places patients stay.

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.

Waskaganish rolls out traditional welcome and lodging for visitors

The manager of the culture and tourism department in the James Bay community of Waskaganish hopes a traditional camp for visitors to sleep in will be a way to both extend a Cree welcome to traveller’s and to break down barriers between different cultures. 

APTN launches French-language national news program

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is launching a weekly national newscast in French with a host hailing from the James Bay Cree community of Waswanipi, Que.

For English-speaking police in Quebec, access to PTSD services is not a guarantee

For Harold Bosum and other police officers in Quebec suffering from PTSD, services are difficult to access or tailored to those who speak French.

As school year begins, Nunavut and Nunavik face major teacher shortages

Teacher shortages are continuing across Nunavut and Nunavik for another year, with both regions racing to hire dozens of teachers as schools begin to open for the fall.

Man found safe after 24 hours in northern Quebec bush

A search involving police, firefighters, Canadian Rangers, family and community volunteers from Chisasibi, Que., ended on a happy note when the man was found safe.

Nunavik's new addictions centre will focus on treating the whole family

The Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Centre is breaking ground on a new addictions treatment centre in Nunavik this month.  

Your North: Best reader photos for the week of August 5

Summer is continuing to deliver incredible views from across the territories as the calendar turns to August. Take a look at your best photos from the past week.

Cree cuber wins national championship

Walter Duff from Chisasibi, Que., won the Skewb event with a time of 3.77 seconds.

'We can learn from it': Cree grand chief asks for return of ceremonial beaded hood

The grand chief of the James Bay Cree has asked the mayor of Montreal for the return of a ceremonial hood held in the Lachine Museum since 1948.

Nunavik Inuit genetically unique among present-day world populations, study finds

Researchers have mapped the complete genetic profile of Inuit in the northern Quebec region of Nunavik and found that the population is genetically different from any present-day people in the world.

'He is a leader': Teenage Cree cuber hopes to regain national title

Walter Duff is hoping to regain his national record at the Canadian championships this weekend in Niagara Falls, Ont. He previously held the record in the Skewb event — a six-sided, 3D combination puzzle in the style of a Rubik's cube.

Renowned Quebec City chef heads north to learn Indigenous ways of cooking

The head chef of Quebec City’s Fairmont Le Château Frontenac recently visited the northern community of Chisasib, Que., because he is studying Cree ways of cooking fish.

Glamping takes a Cree twist with the 'Creetopia'

The Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association and the French company Huttopia have collaborated to develop a prototype ready-to-camp tent called the 'Creetopia,' inspired by Cree culture.

All-Cree-curated exhibition hits the Canadian Museum of History

A new exhibit that explores the James Bay Cree's walking traditions is an all-Cree curated exhibition to be shown at the Canadian Museum of History, in Gatineau, Quebec.

Body recovered in river near Inukjuak, police confirm

A man has died in Inukjuak, Que., after going missing while out for a swim, the Kativik Regional Police Force has confirmed.

Cree tourism to get boost from creation of majority Cree-owned travel agency

In the hopes of making it easier for travellers to discover the James Bay region, the Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association has helped launch a majority Cree-owned travel agency: Eeyou Istchee Baie James Travel.

Nunavik police force faces officer shortage, Sûreté du Québec steps up with help

16 police officers resigned from the Kativik Regional Police Force in the past 6 weeks, leaving the organization responsible for policing 14 Nunavik communities short-handed.

Quebec Cree, federal gov't consider marine conservation area in James Bay

A a memorandum of understanding has been signed to study the feasibility of a national marine conservation area off the coast of James Bay — an area that includes more than a thousand small islands and is a key subarctic ecosystem. 

'It was powerful': Cree babies are 1st to be born through Chisasibi midwifery program

For Louisa Snowboy, giving birth in Chisasibi meant being back in her own bed, with her healthy newborn and her older children, just four hours after giving birth — rather than having to stay for several weeks in a town almost 1,000 kilometres from home.

Cree Nation Bears Hockey benched for 2019-2020 as funding cut

The organizers of the Cree Nation Bears hockey program in the James Bay region of Quebec say they must suspend their full program for the 2019-2020 season after losing a significant part of its operating budget.

Senate report calls on Ottawa to fix 'neglected' Arctic

Canada's Northern regions have been neglected, overlooked, and passed by for far too long, according to a report released Tuesday by a Senate special committee.

Leaf River caribou need more protections, Chisasibi hunters say

Officials in Chisasibi, Que., along with traditional land users there, say stricter measures are needed to manage the dwindling Leaf River herd and stop unauthorised hunting of caribou by other Indigenous groups in Quebec.

Canadian astronaut keeps piece of Nunavik with him in space

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques spoke with students in Umiujaq, Nunavik while aboard the International Space Station. While orbiting the earth, Saint-Jacques keeps a piece of the North with him
Racism in Hockey

How Indigenous players and coaches are forging ahead in a positive way

Many hockey players, parents and coaches have spoken out about racism in the sport. They say discrimination is an all too common experience in arenas, whether it be from the opposing players, their parents, or referees. Many are looking for ways forward.
Racism in Hockey

Quebec sporting groups must have plans to tackle bullying, racism by 2020: minister

Amid calls for arena managers to address discrimination in hockey, Quebec's junior education minister says that sporting federations must come up with a plan by 2020.
Racism in Hockey

No repercussions after Indigenous children called 'savages' at hockey tournament, parents say

Dre Wheesk and his teammates faced racist taunts and questionable refereeing, say parents and the coach of the Flamme Olympique, while at a tournament near Montreal last year.
Racism in Hockey

Indigenous players subjected to racist taunts, discriminatory calls, say parents

In a four-part series, CBC News is looking at racism in hockey reported by Indigenous players. It comes a year after a First Nations team was subjected to racist slurs and taunts at a tournament in 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. 
In Depth

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.'

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.

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.