The construction of a new geodesic agriculture research dome is gaining attention in Chisasibi. It’s the newest project of the growing Chisasibi Resource and Research Institute (CERRI), a community-driven project. The dome and an accompanying greenhouse to be built early next year aim to improve food sovereignty in Chisasibi, where grocery prices are high and accessing fresh produce is challenging. This summer’s fires underlined this urgency as closed roads prevented deliveries, resulting in empty shelves before plane shipments arrived.
“It seems like sometimes I have a dozen wives,” said Billy Moffat. “And when they bitch, they bitch!” Moffat, the Fire Chief of Kawawachikamach, is the coach of the all-female Indigenous fire brigade from this Naskapi nation in northern Quebec. “But on a serious note, when you train with the women, it makes it a lot easier,” added Moffat. “They listen and they focus, and they look at the technique. When it comes to the men, they try to outdo you with muscle but without technique.”
The third annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was marked by solemn gatherings across Eeyou Istchee and Canada, honouring the lost children, survivors and their families impacted by the residential school system.