Days 15 and 16 of the Heritage Preservation Project!

We rounded out the calendar year with trips to our neighbouring communities Waswanipi and Mistissini. In Waswanipi we visited Cultural Coordinator Diane Cooper at the riverside location of the Waswanipi Culture Department.  Diane’s previous museum training means she is well aware of the different risks to heritage collections.  Insects are common threats, feasting on the …

Cree Regional Authority archaeology team moves to ACCI

With the November 23 arrival of the second truckload of digging equipment, reports, files and other material, the Cree Regional Authority (CRA) archaeology team completed its move to Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute. An earlier load containing boxes of artifacts arrived in October. Archaeology at the CRA is carried out by the Cree Culture and Language …

Days 10-14 of the Heritage Preservation Project!

After steady travel for a week and a half, meeting many wonderful people and cultural-heritage groups, we decided to come home to Ouje-Bougoumou for a little rest.  We will visit community members and Band Office/Culture Department staff in Ouje-Bougoumou soon. In Wemindji we began our visit with a stop at the Cultural Centre and met Cultural Coordinator …

A Night at the Museum

Did you ever wonder what happens at night in a museum? Did you ever see the movie “A Night at the Museum” with Ben Stiller? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if history came to life like in the movie? We could ask questions that only those who lived through historical events would know the answer to. …

Days 4, 5 and 6 of the Heritage Preservation Project!

Our stops in Chisasibi focused on archival materials and how the Cree Nation of Chisasibi catalogues and stores materials, and ensures important files are backed-up by scanning them.   The Cree Nation of Chisasibi Administrative Centre. We also had time to sneak in a quick visit to the Catholic Church that had been moved by …

Days 2 and 3 of the ACCI Heritage Preservation Project!

We had excellent conversations with members of the Whapmagoostui First Nation today and learned about the recently founded Cultural Association which will collect traditional knowledge and material heritage.  We also had an informative discussion with Reverend Tom Martin regarding the history of the Anglican Church in Whapmagoostui, including the first church (“Old Church”), the second …

Day 1 of the ACCI Heritage Preservation Project!

ACCI staff are carrying out a project to survey cultural heritage collections in the communities of Eeyou/Eenou Istchee, offering preservation tips along the way and gathering interest for a future preservation workshop. Today our Archivist and Conservator landed in Whapmagoostui, the northernmost James Bay Cree community. Archivist, Lisa, stands by the beautiful glass wall at …

Family Weekend

This past weekend we held an event designed at passing on family traditions from one generation to the next. Families are such a strong learning resource for children anywhere in the world, and this is no different here in in Eeyou Istchee. We were able to offer many activities with the purpose of families learning …