MISS INDIAN WORLD TRAVELS TO THE CREE COMMUNITIES OF QUEBEC, CANADA
October 16 - 20, 2016 - The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
Miss Indian World, Danielle Ta'sheena Finn, visited the beautiful, Cree Communities, participated in the Cree Native Arts and Crafts Association Conference, and to helped promote a local up-and-coming Miss Eeyou Istchee Pageant, which will then lead into a titleholder from this Nation to compete at Miss Indian World every year.
There are three communities within the Grand Council of the Crees, more officially knows as Eeyou Istchee. I went to Mistissini, Oujé-Bougoumou, and Waswanipi. Danielle visited two schools, Rainbow Elementary School and Waswanipi High School, and spoke on her platform on the importance of higher education. She visited the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, she witnessed the strong and wonderful culture of the Eeyou Istchee (means "Land of the People").
Each community has its own history, some communities were removed several times, but some have been in place since time immemorial. The music, the language, the regalia, and food were all so unique and enjoyable. Danielle had an opportunity to eat several cultural foods like: moose (liver and heart), goose, and poutine.
Overall, Danielle was very well received by the Eeyou Istachee Cree communities and has been invited back in the Spring. Danielle would like to thank, President Kenny Mianscum, Johnny Dixon and Linda Shecapio for inviting her on such a memorable and exciting trip to their Reserve in Quebec.