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

Animated doc on ironworkers hits festival

(COURTESY ALLAN DOWNEY) [apss_share] Dear Readers: As an essential service that is still open during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Eastern Door is fighting hard to keep news like this flowing, in our print product, though an online subscription at www.eastermdoor.com and here, for free, on our website and Facebook. But when a large portion

Eagle Spirit Camp a lesson for youth and leaders

The Eagle Spirit Science Futures summer camp gathers Indigenous youth every year from across Turtle Island to McGill University’s campus. (Courtesy David Allen) [apss_share] Working with Indigenous youth is always an opportunity to ground yourself and open your mind. The cultural energy that surrounds Indigenous innocence is wonderful in so many ways. Mi’kmaq,

Decades of female wisdom retires with pride

With over a hundred years of teaching the community’s children, Kahera:waks Carol Boyer Jacobs, Katsi’tsorónkwas Judy Jacobs, and Onwá:ri Grace Goodleaf closed their final textbooks and called it a career at Karonhianónhnha. (Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door) [apss_share] As at Kahnawake Survival School, Karonhianónhnha Tsi Ionterihwaienstáhkhwa said goodbye to some of

School’s out, and so the fight continues

A group if around 150 met at Karonhianónhnha Monday night to discuss upcoming changes in the school system, which ultimately led to a group deciding to call for resignations at the top of the community's education system. (Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door) [apss_share] A group of students and parents’ final weeks

Trio call it a career at Survival School

Teachers Wayne Rice and Amro Elzeki and librarian Maria DiGiovanni decided that this year would be their last, as the trio ended their long tenures at Survival School. (Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door) [apss_share] With each school year, new faces show up in the hallways while others leave in the cycle