Report exposes ongoing sterilization crimes

A damning new report released last week has exposed the ongoing practice of imposed sterilization of First Nations and Inuit women in Quebec. The report, published by the Universite du Quebec en Abitibi-Temiscamingue (UQAT), Canada Research Chairs, and the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC), 

Magic Palace works magic

The folks at Magic Palace, like many other businesses, barely made it through the pandemic. But after months of hard work, they’re back on their feet, and they’re ready to share the prosperity - with a $1 million donation to Kahnawake’s soon-to-be built Cultural Arts Centre. Located on Highway 132, Magic Palace

Winter Wonderland marks eighth year

“It’s become a healing place. The community comes together to grieve, and heal, and enjoy together.” These are the words of Carla Skye-Delisle, the president of the Kateri Memorial Foundation (KMF), who for the eighth year running, has organized Karonhiaráhstha’s Winter Wonderland in honour of her daughter Karonhiaráhstha Delisle, who passed

Devastated by housing scandal

“This isn’t the result I expected. This is devastating.” Tammy Whitebean, who is one of at least 20 victims of the 2018 housing scandal that has left Kahnawake reeling, has been reacting to last week’s announcement that no criminal charges would be laid in the fraud investigation. “To hear that there

Internship for emerging Indigenous directors

Courtesy Angie-Pepper O’Bomsawin Unpaid internships have been a career-limiting problem for many individuals looking for hands-on experience in their field. Angie Pepper O’Bomsawin is hoping to change that, with a rare opportunity for a beginner filmmaker or director to work as her mentee on-set in a fully financed, four-episode internship on

Haunted Woods celebrates 17 years of fear

Courtesy Willie E. Scandalz Nowhere does Halloween quite like Kahnawake, and nobody in Kahnawake does Halloween quite like James Day. “It’s the biggest labyrinth around,” Day said. “It’s like the biggest clubhouse in town…and everyone is invited.” This is the 17th year that James Day’s Haunted Woods has been in operation,

No charges in housing investigation

Courtesy Mohawk Council of Kahnawake No one will be held criminally responsible following more than three years of investigations into the housing scandal that rocked the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK), the MCK announced Thursday. According to MCK executive director Onerahtókha Marquis, the Quebec crown found that the evidence gathered against

Mothers force Royal Vic dig halt

Courtesy Emma Bainbridge As the Kanien’kehá:ka Kahnistensera (Mohawk Mothers) close out two days in Quebec’s Superior Court this week, a judge has ruled that the archaeological firm Arkéos must stop digging at the Royal Victoria Hospital site so investigations into the possibility of unmarked graves can take place. The Kahnistensera called

Community feasts at Fall Festival

Courtesy Lynn Thomas Though the wind blew marquees, newspapers, and cups of coffee around the fields of the Kahnawake Sports Complex on October 15, spirits remained high. The community was out in full force to share a meal, sell their wares, and catch up with friends and family at this year’s

Clothing drive thrives

Photo by Eve Cable “I figured there was a need, so I wanted to do something,” said Madelyn Cross, who collects clothes for distribution to unhoused Native people in downtown Montreal twice a year. “I usually get about 100-101 bags for summer, and now it’s fall time, I’ll get about 100 bags