Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) just might have one of the deepest and most compelling histories of any North American organization. The Nehetho Cree Nation, nestled on reserve lands about 800 kilometres north of Winnipeg and 80 kilometres west of Thompson is made up of nearly 4,600 members. NCN’s ancestral nomadic roots have been archeologically connected to water and land trade routes as far south as Mexico – dating back over 10,000 years.
Sharing the story of this Nation’s culture and traditions, dating back over millennia, can be a daunting feat. Just how do you embrace a great history like that? By honouring a sacred circle based on respect, honesty, wisdom, truth with a dose of love and humility. That’s how. It is about respecting a time-honoured past with a focus on a bright, progressive future and weaving the identity of the entire Nation into their visual communications. One way Q-Power helps the Nation tell many Achimowina (Cree translation for "Stories") is via compelling local news, history and articles – circulated monthly in their own community newspaper.
For a small community that only in recent years has access to running water (1988), road access (1974) and electricity (1971), the Nisichawayasihk Cree people are embracing the power of communicating their stories online and via social media. Q-power works with NCN organizations to not only get their message to their own citizens on- and off-reserve, but to reach key partners in business and all levels of government locally, nationally and on the world-stage – especially for meaningful topics like human rights.
First Nations have persevered through Colonial atrocities, survived many challenges and continue to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. These events have shaped lives, connected peoples to memories of their ancestors and now direct all of us on our pathway to a promising future. This spirit of resilience continues in a message that today is more commonly being heard. This message characterizes Indigenous people and their values. Now viewed among the leaders in Manitoba First Nation economic development, NCN citizens have never forgotten their deep and enduring connection to the land, its sacred historic sites, culturally significant places, oral storytelling and the legends of times past.
Scroll through the timeline to see NCN’s culture and history at a glance.
Q-Power Communications works to effectively communicate several Manitoban First Nation initiatives in the areas of health care, education, training, employment, community and social development, government administration, economic investment and development.