Waskaganish 350th Anniversary
Help us celebrate Waskaganish in all its beauty and wonder!
SUMMER ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE
Gathering Place Gymnasium
Art Symposium/Tradeshow - Workshops
Cultural Site & Kanio Kashee Shoreline
Traditional Activities & Games
Gathering Place Gymnasium
Other Special Events
Message from Chief Darlene Cheechoo
On behalf of the Council of the Cree Nation of Waskaganish, the Elder’s Council and the Youth Council, I would like to welcome you to Waskaganish as we commemorate our 350th year. The third event of this year’s festivities takes place on July 16-22, 2018.
We would like to share with you, through traditional activities, games and demonstrations, some of the skills and knowledge that have enabled us to survive and thrive through the ages and up to modern day. During the commemoration events, you shall meet some of our highly regarded traditional artisans from Waskaganish and the Cree territory.
We proudly maintain our strong connection to the land and waters within our territory and to the activities which are so integral to our culture and identity. We are grateful for all of our elders who are eager to share the wealth of their knowledge and life experience.
Come and enjoy the family activities, games, workshops and demonstrations that are usually done during the summer. In addition to the activities, join us at the entertainment venue where the following musicians will be performing: Blue Rodeo, Kashtin, Kashkun, Melisa Pash and many other performers.
Looking forward to seeing you in Waskaganish for the summer event and festivities! God Bless You All!
Chief Darlene Cheechoo
Deputy Chief Samson Wischee
William T. Hester, Elder Chairman
Youth Chief Conrad Blueboy
Message from the 350th Anniversary Celebration Committee
Waachiyehkw misiwe! Greetings to all! The Waskaganish 350th Anniversary celebrations organizing committee welcomes you to our community! Since time immemorial the site on which Waskaganish is built was known as “Kaneyaauhkaatshiid”. It served as a summer gathering place for our people. In 1668, the establishment of the first trading post in James Bay not only changed Kaneyaauhkaatshiid into a permanent settlement but is also gave birth to its name. Waskaganish which means “little house” in the Cree language and is in reference the little house built to serve as the first trading post.
Included on this website is all the information you will need to enjoy the Summer Edition of the 350th Anniversary Celebrations which run from July 16-22. We encourage you to visit the display booths of our many talented Eeyou/Eenou artists/craftsmen. One of our objectives is to showcase the many Cree crafts, traditional tools, techniques and skills used by our people since time immemorial. These artists/ craftsmen will also conduct workshops for those interested in learning how to make Cree traditional tools and garments.
We thank those that have traveled near or far to join us. Like our ancestors in the days of old, we welcome again you to Kaneyaauhkaatshiid! Together we will feast, play games, sing and dance as we celebrate the 350th anniversary of Waskaganish!
Thanks again! Enjoy Waskaganish in all its beauty and wonder!
350th Anniversary Celebration Planning Committee
Charles J. Hester, Director of Culture, Sports and Leisure
Darryl S. Hester, 350th Anniversary Coordinator
Stacy Bear, Cultural Department - Member
Ryan Erless, Director of Community Services - Member
Hugo Cowboy, Recreation Department - Member
Jimmy (Tim) Whiskeychan, Tourism Coordinator - Member
Conrad Blueboy, Youth Chief - Member
William T. Hester, Elders Council - Member
Simeon Trapper, Elders Council - Member
Ruth Salt, Elders Council - Member
Roy Weistche, Community Planner - Member
A. Thomas Hester, Communications Officer - Member
Walter Hester Jr., Local Radio - Member
Darryl J. Salt, Cree Trappers Association - Member
Bradley Wyman, Northern Store Manager - Member
We would love to hear from you
P.O. Box 60
70 Waskaganish Rd.
Waskaganish, QC J0M1R0
Tel.: (819)895-8650 ext.3235