Serving the Youth of Eeyou Istchee since 1985

Our Mission Statement

The driving force behind the creation of the CNYC is the Eeyou Youth of the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee, imbued with the desire to safeguard their rights and interest, as well as strengthen collective and economic life in accordance with the traditions and principles of the Cree Nation.

  • Advise Grand Council of the Cree Eeyou Istchee / Cree Regional Authority on all matters concerning youth;
  • Conduct studies;
  • Furnish information relating to youth;
  • Serve as a “training camp”to prepare youth to assume the responsibilities of leadership within the Cree Nation and towards youth development in areas such as administration and management, business and political skills, social and economic arena.

Executive Committee

  • Tera Diamond
    Tera Diamond Executive Member

    Tel:(819) 673-2512
    Fax:(819) 673-2542
    tera_diamond@hotmail.com

    • Paula Napash
      Paula Napash Executive Member

      Tel:(819) 855-2211/855-5020
      Fax:(819) 855-2277
      paulanapash@chisasibi.ca

      • Jordan Masty
        Jordan Masty Executive Member

        Tel:(819) 929-3643
        Fax:(819) 929-3309
        jordanmasty@whapmagoostuifn.ca

        • Jonathan Nault
          Jonathan Nault Corporate Secretary

          Tel:(514) 312-4022
          Fax:(819) 312-2311
          jnault@mmadroit.com

          • Robin Gull-Saganash
            Robin Gull-Saganash Deputy Youth Grand Chief

            Tel:(819) 753-7165
            Fax:(819) 753-2727
            rgsaganash@cngov.ca

            • Kaitlynn Hester Moses
              Kaitlynn Hester Moses Youth Grand Chief

              Cell: (819) 550-0184
              Fax:
              khester@cngov.ca

              Cree Nation Youth Chiefs

              Paula Napash
              Cree Nation of Chisasibi
              Chisasibi, Quebec J0M 1E0
              Tel: (819) 855-2211 – 855-5020
              Fax: (819) 855-2277
              Email: paulanapash@chisasibi.ca

              Wendal Moar
              Cree Nation of Eastmain
              Eastmain, Quebec J0M 1W0
              Tel: (819) 977-5015
              Fax: (819) 977-0342
              Email: youthchief@eastmain.ca

              Amy Linton
              Cree Nation of Mistissini
              Isaac Shecapio (Sr.) Admin. Building
              Mistissini, Quebec G0W 1C0
              Tel: (418) 923-2274
              Fax: (418) 923-2279
              Email: alinton@mistissini.ca

              Tera Diamond
              Nemaska First Nation
              Nemaska, Quebec J0Y 3B0
              Tel: (819) 673-2512
              Fax: (819) 673-2542
              Email: tera_diamond@hotmail.com

              Benjamin Shecapio-Blacksmith
              Ouje-bougoumou First Nation
              Ouje-bougoumou, Quebec G0W 3C0
              Tel: (418) 745-3366
              Fax: (418) 745-3354
              Email: b_a_s_b1982@hotmail.com

              Interim – Carla Hester
              Waskaganish First Nation
              Waskaganish, Quebec J0M 1R0
              Tel: (819) 895-2882
              Fax: (819) 895-2888
              Email: wfnyc@liva.ca

              Interim-Aaron Happyjack
              Cree First Nation of Waswanipi
              Waswanipi, Quebec J0Y 3C0
              Tel: (819) 753-2810, Ext.222
              Fax: (819) 753-2727
              Email: happykjack87@hotmail.com

              Raven Trapper
              Cree Nation of Washaw Sibi
              141 Route 111 Ouest
              Amos, Québec J9T 2Y1
              Tel: (819) 732-9409
              Cell : (819) 218-0169
              Fax: (819) 732-9635
              Email: rayven_trapper@hotmail.com

              Sonia Gilpin
              Cree Nation of Wemindji
              Wemindji, Quebec J0M 1L0
              Tel: (819) 978-3949
              Fax: (819) 978-0228
              Email: soniag@wemindji.com

              Jordan Masty
              Whapmagoostui First Nation
              Whapmagoostui, Quebec J0M 1G0
              Tel: (819) 929-3643
              Fax: (819) 929-3309
              Email: jordanmasty@whapmagoostuifn.ca

              Our Mission Statement

              To facilitate the development of capability, leadership, and a joy of life in the Youth, in order to have a better future for the People and the Cree Nation.

              By “development”, we mean the development of the whole person. This includes the full intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual potential of Youth as individuals, and their growth as responsible and joyful members and contributors to the Cree Nation. The CNYC will help to facilitate the process. However, the primary responsibility for personal and collective developments rests absolutely with each Cree individual.

              Cree Nation Youth Development Coordinators

              Rhonda Spencer
              Cree Nation of Chisasibi
              Chisasibi, Quebec J0M 1E0
              Tel: (819) 855-2878, Ext. 310
              Fax: (819) 855-2875
              Email: rhondas9@hotmail.com

              Richard Cheezo
              Cree Nation of Eastmain
              Eastmain, Quebec J0M 1W0
              Tel: (819) 977-2262 ext. 228
              Fax: (819) 977-0281
              Email: rfcheezo@eastmain.ca

              Samantha Awashish
              Cree Nation of Mistissini
              Isaac Shecapio (Sr.) Administration Building
              Mistissini, Quebec G0W 1C0
              Tel: (418) 923-2274
              Fax: (418) 923-2279
              Email: sawashish@mistissini.ca

              Simeon Wapachee
              Nemaska First Nation
              Nemaska, Quebec J0Y 3B0
              Tel: (819) 673-2512
              Fax: (819) 673-2542
              Email: simeonw@nemaska.ca

              Brenda St. Pierre
              Ouje-bougoumou First Nation
              Ouje-bougoumou, Quebec G0W 3C0
              Tel: (418) 745-3366
              Fax: (418) 745-3354
              Email: brenda.st.pierre@ouje.ca

              Cheryl Weistche
              Waskaganish First Nation
              Waskaganish, Quebec J0M 1R0
              Tel: (819) 895-8650
              Fax: (819) 895-8901
              Email: cweistche@hotmail.com

              Vacant
              Waswanipi First Nation
              Waswanipi, Quebec J0Y 3C0
              Tel: (819) 753-2890, Ext. 224
              Fax: (819) 753-2727

              Billy Katapatuk Jr.
              Cree Nation of Washaw Sibi
              141, Route 111 Ouest
              Amos, Quebec J9T 2Y1
              Tel: (819) 732-9409
              Cell : (819)-442-0281
              Fax: (819) 732-9635
              Email: bkatapatuk@washawsibieeyou.ca

              Sonia Gilpin
              Cree Nation of Wemindji
              Wemindji, Quebec J0M 1L0
              Tel: (819) 978-3949, Ext. 223
              Fax: (819) 978-0258

              Interim – Rachel Kawapit
              Whapmagoostui First Nation
              Whapmagoostui, Quebec J0M 1G0
              Tel: (819) 929-3643/3174
              Fax: (819) 929-3309
              Email: benmasty@whapmagoostuifn.ca
              bmasty@gmail.com

              CNYC General Mandate

              In order to fulfill its mission, the CNYC will pursue the following objectives, both alone and in partnership with other organizations and the Peoples of Eeyou Istchee.

              • To promote, preserve, and protect the Cree identity, culture and heritage, including the language, values, customs, traditions, philosophy and beliefs, as well as the system of law;
              • To promote and strengthen the individual and collective health and unity of the a Youth, and a mutually beneficial relationship between the Youth and members of the Cree Nation;
              • To identify, promote and strengthen the collective interests, rights and needs of the Youth;
              • To strengthen the effectiveness, credibility and accountability of the Local Youth Councils;
              • To implement programs specifically designed to develop and train Cree Youth to fulfill their potential as members and future leaders of the Cree Nation;
              • To assure the presence of the effective and accountable Youth representatives on the Cree organizations which have a major impact on the lives and development of the Cree Nation;
              • To hold the CNYC directly accountable to the Cree Youth for all it actions and commitments.