Community Stories

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  • July 05 2010
    After Annie Bearskin’s granddaughter died of Cree Leukoencephalopathy (CLE) in the late 1990s, she set out to learn more about the little-known disease. What she discovered was that CLE and another condition, Cree Encephalitis (CE), were among the leading causes of death of Cree infants. CLE and CE... Read More
  • June 13 2010
    Allen “the General” Neacappo was a beloved and cherished citizen of Chisasibi, well known for his love of walking. Now his name will be given to a community walk like those he so enjoyed. In years past Chisasibi had joined many other Native communities across Canada by participating in an... Read More
  • June 01 2010
    On Friday, May 28, a team of health workers and their families from Mistissini, along with a few hundred other people, walked all night outside the Porte-du-Nord school in Chibougamau to raise money to fight cancer. This walk is part of a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, held every... Read More
  • May 28 2010
    Over the last few centuries, Indigenous Peoples all over the world have had to struggle to keep their identities alive. Some traditions, ceremonies and languages have already been lost altogether. Similarly, traditional spirituality the world over has been largely diminished and demeaned by... Read More
  • April 30 2010
    Here was a mystery. Why, when Cree Public Health was encouraging people to inoculate themselves against the H1N1 virus, did one community have a vaccination rate that lagged far behind the other eight? The answer, it turns out, was that the local radio station was off the air. And as soon as the... Read More
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    April 25 2010
    “An elder taught me a lesson once,” recalls Irene Otter. “She said, ‘Throughout your life you are putting things in your packsack, and it can sometimes get too heavy. You have to take out what you don’t need, and only carry things that will help you along your journey.’” This personal lesson... Read More
  • April 23 2010
    Workers in Eeyou Istchee have some of the toughest jobs in Canada. Remote job sites, shift work, heavy equipment, and brutal weather conditions – nothing is too extreme for the Cree worker, male or female. The Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail du Québec (CSST) is the worker’s... Read More
  • April 22 2010
    In March 2010, the Voyageur Memorial School in Mistissini organized a very successful event called the Family Challenge. Parents and families of the students were invited to join students and teachers in a week-long program of outdoor fun. Activities included sliding, snowshoeing, tug of war and... Read More
  • Noreen Willows
    March 04 2010
    How’s this for a reality check? Based on the results from two communities, two out of every three children in Eeyou Istchee are overweight or obese. Most of them are out of shape, and many children don’t like the way they look. These facts come as no surprise to those who live and work in the... Read More
  • March 04 2010
    Between 400 and 500 children are born each year in the Cree communities, and close to 80% of these children will be breastfed, according to Cree Health estimates. Research over the years has demonstrated breastfeeding’s numerous physiological and psychological short- and long-term benefits, for... Read More