The end of local COVID-19 stats

Overwhelmed by the Omicron wave and unable to keep up with testing, local health authorities will no longer track or report the number of COVID-19 cases in Kahnawake. Throughout the pandemic, these numbers have been a key metric in evaluating an appropriate balance between personal liberty and community safety. The

$40-billion agreement reached on child welfare

(Courtesy First Nations Child and Family Caring Society) “Discrimination is when the government doesn’t think you’re worth the money.” According to Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, these words were uttered by a child her organization was working with. “We don’t want First Nations children to

Grand chief hosts Indigenous Affairs minister

(Courtesy Mohawk Council of Kahnawake) December 10 wasn’t the first time Quebec’s minister responsible for Indigenous Affairs, Ian Lafrenière, came to Kahnawake, but it was his first tour of the community. He had a particularly qualified guide in Mohawk Council of Kahnawake grand chief Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer. At least one of the stops might

Ice racing returning soon

(Courtesy Bryant Montour-Leblanc) Last year, the frozen-over bay at the Kahnawake Marina was dotted with 100 shacks for ice fishing, a quiet activity that brings to mind contemplation and serenity. The shacks will be back this winter, but things are about to get a lot louder at the marina. The Kahnawake Marina Super

Community turns out for Winter Wonderland

(Courtesy Carla Skye-Delisle) Even though COVID-19 measures meant La Vista was mostly empty, Monday’s draw day was a festive denouement for Karonhiaráhstha’s Winter Wonderland. The seventh annual fundraiser was hosted at La Vista restaurant by the Kateri Memorial Foundation (KMF), which streamed the draw live on its Facebook page to hundreds of

Goodleaf back in nets after scare

(Courtesy Angus Goodleaf) Kahnawa’kehró:non goaltender Angus Goodleaf will be suited up with the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) on December 4 for the franchise’s first game of the season. It will be Goodleaf’s first professional lacrosse game since he suffered a cardiac arrest at the President’s Cup in Kahnawake

Kanien’kehá:ka among land defenders arrested

(Courtesy Layla Staats) On the morning of November 18, helicopters were whipping the air above the Gidimt’en checkpoint in Wet’suwet’en territory. Given the history of the Wet’suwet’en struggle against the encroachment of the Coastal GasLink (CGL) oil pipeline, it was an ominous sight for the land defenders below. There was a feeling about

Racing to provide high-speed internet

Terms like megabit and gigabit might go over some people’s heads, but the need for fast, reliable internet in Kahnawake is something nearly everyone understands. “It puts people on the same level as on the outside,” said Wallace “Bully” Stacey, president of K Fiber Optic. The local company hopes that within

Kahnawake wrestling shows signs of life

(Courtesy Peter Montour) Small groups of Kahnawa’kehró:non youth and adults have returned to the Kahnawake Youth Center to reunite with a sport they love. The Kanien’kehá:ka Tehontatie:nas Mohawk Wrestling Club (KTMWC), which started in November 2019, has seen its attendance slowly creep up since re-starting this September after a year of dormancy. “Normally,