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

  • Benjamin Masty
    Benjamin Masty Executive Member

    Tel:(819) 929-3385   Ext. 242
    Fax:(819) 929-3931

  • Jordan Masty
    Jordan Masty Executive Member

    Tel:(819) 929-3643
    Fax:(819) 929-3309

  • Samantha Awashish
    Samantha Awashish Executive Member

    Tel: (418) 923-2274   Ext. 223
    Fax: (418) 923-2279

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

    T: (819) 753-2562 Ext. 22
    C: (819) 753-7165

  • Kaitlynn Hester Moses
    Kaitlynn Hester Moses Youth Grand Chief

    Tel: (819)-895-2624   Ext. 1302
    Cell: (819)-895-4424
    Fax: 819 895 2623

OFFICE OF THE YOUTH GRAND CHIEF

  • Cree Nation Youth Council
  • Social & Cultural Development - Cree Nation Government
  • PO Box 270 - 4 Chief Isaiah Salt Rd. Waskaganish, QC J0M 1R0
  • (819) 895 2624 EXT. 1310
  • (819) 895 2623
  • CNYC@CNGOV.CA

Cree Nation Youth Council Staff

  • Melissa Whiskeychan
    Melissa Whiskeychan Corporate Secretary

    Tel:(819) 895-2624   Ext. 1310
    Fax: (819) 895-2623

  • Billy Katapatuk Jr.
    Billy Katapatuk Jr. Special Projects Officer

    Tel: (819) 895 2624   Ext. 1311
    Fax: (819) 895 2623

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 Chiefs

Steven Tapiatic
Cree Nation of Chisasibi
Chisasibi, Quebec J0M 1E0
Tel: (819) 855-2211    Ext. 226
Fax: (819) 855-2277
Cell: (819) 855-7321
Email: stevetapiatic@chisasibi.ca

Denis Moses
Cree Nation of Eastmain
Eastmain, Quebec J0M 1W0
Tel: (819) 977-0238
Fax: (819) 977-0342
Cell: (819) 977-5233
Email: denismoose@gmail.com

Samantha Awashish
Wasteskun Youth Centre
182 Main Street
Mistissini, Quebec G0W 1C0
Tel: (418) 923-2274   Ext. 223
Fax: (418) 923-2279
Cell: (418) 770 6740
Email: sawashish@mistissini.ca

Charlot Jolly
32 Machishteweyaau Trail
Nemaska, Quebec J0Y 3B0
Tel: (819) 673-2512    Ext. 319
Fax: (819) 673-2542
Cell: (819)-865-7208
Email: youthchief@nemaska.ca

Jonathan Longchap
110 Ouje-bougoumou Meskino
Ouje-bougoumou, Quebec G0W 3C0
Tel: (418) 745-3366  Ext. 221
Fax: (418) 745-3354
Cell: (819)-527-5150
Email: jonathan.longchap@ouje.ca

Conrad Blueboy
29 Smokey Hill Street
Waskaganish, Quebec J0M 1R0
Tel: (819) 895-2882  Ext. 3522
Fax: (819) 895-2888
Cell: (819) 892-4208
Email: youthcouncil@waskaganish.ca /  wfnyc@live.ca

Aaron Happyjack
Cree First Nation of Waswanipi
Waswanipi, Quebec J0Y 3C0
Tel: (819) 753-2810, Ext.222
Fax: (819) 753-2727
Cell: (819) 753-7022
Email: aaron.happyjack@waswanipi.com

Kerrie Hester
Cree Nation of Washaw Sibi
141 Route 111 Ouest
Amos, Québec J9T 2Y1
Tel: (819) 732-9409
Fax: (819) 732-9635
Cell : (438) 826-9804
Email: kerriehester17@gmail.com

Cassandra Danyluk
Uschiniichiiuukimikw
3 Georgekish Rd.
Wemindji, Quebec J0M 1L0
Tel: (819) 978-3949
Fax: (819) 978-0228
Email: youthchief@wemindji.ca

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

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.

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
Cell: (819) 855-5003
Email: rhondaspencer@chisasibi.ca

Norman Cheezo Jr. (Deputy Youth Chief)
Cree Nation of Eastmain
Eastmain, Quebec J0M 1W0
Tel: (819) 977-2262 ext. 228
Fax: (819) 977-0281
Email: njcheezo@hotmail.com

Stacy Anderson
Wasteskun Youth Center – 182 Main St.
Mistissini, Quebec G0W 1C0
Tel: (418) 923-2274    Ext. 222
Fax: (418) 923-2279
Cell: (418) 770 8431
Email: stacyanderson@mistissini.ca

Simeon Wapachee
Nemaska First Nation
Nemaska, Quebec J0Y 3B0
Tel: (819) 673-2512   Ext. 319
Fax: (819) 673-2542
Email: simeonw@nemaska.ca

Brenda St. Pierre
Ouje-bougoumou First Nation
Ouje-bougoumou, Quebec G0W 3C0
Tel: (418) 745-3366     Ext. 226
Fax: (418) 745-3354
Email: brenda.st.pierre@ouje.ca

Cheryl Weistche
Youth Department
70 Waskaganish St. – PO BOX 60
Waskaganish, Quebec J0M 1R0
Tel: (819) 895-8650  Ext. 3232
Fax: (819) 895-8901
Cell: (819) 895-1554
Email: Cheryl.weistche@waskaganish.ca

Dallas Blacksmith
Waswanipi Youth Center – 137 Birch St.
Waswanipi, Quebec J0Y 3C0
Tel: (819) 753-2890  Ext. 224
Fax: (819) 753-2727
Cell: (819) 349-6188

Andriana Trapper (Deputy Youth Chief)
Cree Nation of Washaw Sibi
141, Route 111 Ouest
Amos, Quebec J9T 2Y1
Tel: (819) 732-9409
Fax: (819) 732-9635
Cell: (514) 222-1778
Email: Trapperandrianna@gmail.com

Sonia Gilpin (Deputy Youth Chief)
Uschiniichiiuukimikw
3 Georgekish Rd.
Wemindji, Quebec J0M 1L0
Tel: (819) 978-3949, Ext. 223
Fax: (819) 978-0258
Email: soniag@wemindji.ca

Benjamin Masty 
Whapmagoostui First Nation
Whapmagoostui, Quebec J0M 1G0
Tel: (819) 929-3385   Ext. 242
Fax: (819) 929-3931
Cell: (514) 998-9817
Email: benmasty@whapmagoostuifn.ca
bmasty@gmail.com