Echoes of the Powwow

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Every year the Powwow seems to get a little bigger. But that’s not really a priority for the coordinators. “Our main goal is not to be the biggest, or the best Powwow,” said Lita Isaac, who has been involved since the very first Powwow…

Watching over the community

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"How are you tonight?” Constable Jacob Renouf asks at a roadblock set up by the Listuguj Police Department (LPD) in front of the Education Complex. It’s near 10:00 PM on Aug. 5 — the start of the Powwow weekend.  Six officers are working,…

Passing on traditions

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Tanner Sage Barnaby, the son of Tara Barnaby and Robby Ouellette, has been salmon fishing for the last six years and he’s only twelve. He leaves the quarry in the middle of a rainy afternoon and when he arrives to the fishing area he slows…

Listuguj at the National Youth Summit

The 2016 National First Nations Youth Summit on Wellness, held in Niagara Falls, Ontario, hosted  over 200 First Nation youth from communities all across Canada.  Marcy Jacques, Jill Martin and Tyler Morrison represented Listuguj  at the…

First-ever in-community university class graduates

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As the month and days to graduation grew closer, panic started to set in,” said Sarah Arseneault, in front of the crowd in the Alaqsite’w Gitpu School gym on June 30th. Sarah is the class-elected valedictorian of the very first University…

Another Act of Resistance

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When representatives of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government and the Government of Quebec were talking on the phone, Listuguj loggers were already on the highway 132, ready to defend the exercising of Mi’gmaq rights. The day before, Quebec…

Women’s voices of Migwite’tm

This year marks 35 years since the raids in 1981. But even after all this time, there are still “as many stories as there are people who fill this room,” as Victoria LaBillois said before the Salmon Feast at the Bingo Hall on June 11.…

Mi’gwite’tm

On his first fishing day, Christopher Wilmot caught one salmon. He picked up his net and then continued his day, fishing for lobster in the Miguasha area. “As a kid I learnt to fish with my father” he said. During the fishing season Christopher will…

Native spirituality gaining interest in Mi’gmaqi

Driving around Listuguj (Busteed area) last week you could see a group of volunteers working the tipi poles, bringing firewood and preparing the site for the four-day ceremonies organized by Families First Support Services. “We have many…

Listuguj mourns death of Chief of Police Henry Vicaire

Listuguj Chief of Police Henry “Hank” Vicaire was rushed to the Campbellton Regional Hospital on Friday the 13th under emergency circumstances, but was unable to recover.  He passed away several hours later.  He was 50. On May 18, at…