Bringing Indigenous women leaders together

(Courtesy Assembly of First Nations) Mohawk Council of Kahnawake grand chief Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer attended a historic meeting of Indigenous women leaders on Tuesday, held at governor-general Mary Simon’s home in Rideau Hall. Sky-Deer and Simon met with the Assembly of First Nations national chief RoseAnne Archibald and grand chief of the Grand

Art with a powerful message

(Courtesy Kaia’tanó:ron Dumoulin Bush)  For a soft-spoken artist, Kaia’tanó:ron Dumoulin Bush’s art has a lot to say. With bright, bold colours and a canvas chock-full of action and movement, the Kanien’kehá:ka and French artist’s work has a message to deliver. And from now until December 18, that message is on display at

Indigenous photos to take over Montreal streets

(Courtesy Martin Akwiranoron Loft) Photographer Martin Akwiranoron Loft’s portraits of Kahnawa’kehró:non will be displayed in the streets of Montreal as part of a photo project highlighting the forced displacement of Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous Forced Displacement is a photo action organized through the international Inside Out Project, which is an initiative that encourages

A tale of two Indigenous circles

In Gananoque, Ontario, the creation of a town council-led Indigenous circle to spearhead projects relevant to Onkwehón:we has caused a stir within the community. It all began when the Indigenous-led, Indigenous-created First Peoples Circle of the Thousand Islands, which has existed for five years and was started by Kahnawa’kehró:non Kevin John

Indigenous Voices of Today

A new permanent exhibit at the McCord Museum shines a spotlight on Indigenous knowledge, trauma and resilience, as told by Onkwehón:we themselves. Museums have long been criticized for the way they represent non-European societies, often portraying them through the settler point of view and perpetuating subjugation by displaying culturally important artifacts that were

Fighting for the right to participate in the UN

Kenneth Deer is no stranger to the workings of the United Nations (UN). Starting as a member of the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples in 1987, and later playing a role in drafting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Deer is intimately familiar with this international organization and

Community condemns mural vandalism

Since 2001, the mural on Kane’s Corner has delivered a unifying message to Kahnawake: “respect our community,” written in Kanien’kéha. But last week, the mural was defaced with graffiti that stayed up for a few days before a grassroots group of volunteers got to work repainting it. And while the mural’s

Commemorating residential school victims

When 215 children were found in unmarked graves at the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, Jessica Hernandez felt the news like a weight on her shoulders. “It was a really heavy week,” said the owner of Nicia’s Accessories. “I had never felt like that before.” She knew she was