UNDER THE NORTHERN SKY A Move To Higher Ground

By Xavier Kataquapit It is time for the federal and provincial governments to seriously deal with the annual flooding and evacuations of Kashechewan First Nation or Kash as we, the Cree people of the James Bay, refer to it. Kashechewan, which is Cree for ‘where the water flows fast’, sits on the banks of the Albany River and has been flooding for a very long time on an annual basis. In the late 1950s the community was moved from islands in the Albany River onto what people hoped would be a safer area but in fact it was known as a floodplain. Although other First Nations on James Bay have to deal with flooding at times in the spring, Kash has always been ground zero when it comes to dealing…

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