Survival School students get to adopt a river

Diane Yeung The Eastern Door Julie Delisle grew up learning about the waters in front of her home from her father and grandfather. This fall, she’ll be facilitating a pilot program for students in Kahnawake to learn about those same waters she’s grown to love. Delisle is the environmental education liaison at

A graduation ceremony to remember

Marisela Amador The Eastern Door There was not a dry eye left in the room by the end of the joyous and emotional graduation ceremony for the Ratiwennenhá:wi Adult Immersion Program. Teharahkó:ken Cree, Kiohontá:sen Miranda Gabriel, and Tiohrihwaié:ri Megan Harding have been waiting since 2020 to celebrate their monumental achievement. The

Speaking in honour of her family

Courtesy Tekahnekake Stacey “As a kid, I always wanted to be fluent in my family’s language,” said Tekahnekake Stacey, an upcoming graduate of the Kanien’kéha Ratiwennahní:rats Adult Immersion Program run by the Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:- na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center. “I looked up to people in my family that were fluent,

First Peoples Studies degree in the books

Courtesy Savannah Matteini-Gabriel At the start of an academic journey, most people have an idea of what they would like to do or at least that is often the perception. But in reality, that is not always the case. For Kanehsata’kehró:non Savannah Matteini-Gabriel, who recently completed Concordia University’s First Peoples Studies with

Called to teach what she learned

Courtesy Ieianerahstha Rourke Mary Ann Gray has been working to strengthen her fluency in Kanien’kéha since she was young. Her motivation stemmed from the desire to connect to the world around her - her family and community. “Growing up, I would always hear (my grandparents) speak, but they didn’t teach my mom,

“Keep escalating the pressure” against Bill 96

Simona Rosenfield The Eastern Door Kahnawa’kehró:non stepped on common ground in Montreal with English-speaking Quebecers last weekend to protest against Bill 96, a controversial French language bill that leaders anticipate will have severe impacts on the community. “Indigenous people need allies because the Quebec government is their (English Quebecers') government. It’s

Recognizing Indigenous excellence

(Courtesy Wahéhshon Shiann Whitebean) [apss_share] Kahnawakehró:non Wahéhshon Shiann Whitebean started university eight years ago at age 30. Already a mother of three, Whitebean embarked on a rigorous academic journey, which led to her being named a 2020 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar, one of Canada’s most prestigious academic awards. In only a few short years,

Indigenous students denounce racism at Bishop’s University

An issue outlined by the students is the university's current land acknowledgement, which states that Bishop’s is “proud to be located on the traditional territory of the Abenaki people.” The group described the statement as "insensitive" and said that despite raising their concerns to Bishop's faculty on numerous occasions, still