To ensure the Cree language prevails across Eeyou Istchee, the Cree School Board and the Office of the Cree Language Commissioner are focussing on ways to preserve and promote the Cree language and culture in and outside school, among students and community members.
A five-year, $1.1 billion regional agreement announced July 14 between the First Nations Education Council (FNEC) and the federal government will give 22 First Nations in Quebec financial control over their own education systems.
Before becoming Chief, Curtis Bosum worked in numerous capacities related to his community’s economic development, including as the Chief Executive Officer of its local development corporation. Earlier in his career, he was involved in organizing the opening of a vehicle dealership in Ottawa and served as general manager of a community-owned snowmobile dealership in Chibougamau.
At a tumultuous meeting of the Assembly of First Nations July 5, RoseAnne Archibald was reinstated as National Chief after being suspended by the AFN executive committee June 17 over complaints of abusing staff.
The Federal Court of Canada has certified a class-action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of off-reserve Indigenous children who were removed from their families and forced into non-Indigenous foster care between 1992 and 2019.
Cree voters will see a familiar name on their ballots in the provincial election this October. Maïtée Labrecque-Saganash announced May 29 her intention to run as a Québec solidaire candidate in the Ungava riding.
Despite growing protests, the National Assembly adopted Bill 96 in a 78-29 vote May 24. The controversial language law reforms the Charter of French Language in all spheres of society, imposing heavier French requirements in the workplace, education and government services.
The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is launching an Office of Self-Determination and Self-Government to pool research, legislative materials, and training to help First Nations implement their own laws. The office will conduct studies, gather expertise, and develop a “media watch” on issues related to self-determination.