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

G&R report meeting questioned

“The recommendations are just band-aid solutions,” said Tracy Cross, referring to the mitigation options proposed to address the nauseating odours emitting from the recycling site in Kanesatake. “We cannot and will not stand by government officials any longer as our health deteriorates.” Cross was among the Kanehsata’kehró:non who attended a meeting

Dissecting the asbestos file

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) finally released the long-awaited executive summary of the Asbestos Civil Investigation’s final report. However, many unanswered questions remain regarding accountability, decision-making, and transparency. Last Friday, MCK executive director Onerahtókha (Karlie) Marquis, chief Cody Diabo and the investigation’s community observer Doug Lahache participated in a press

Dreamcatcher comes down

(Courtesy Nick Huard) A giant dreamcatcher created by Mi’kmaq elder and residential school survivor Nick Huard, with the help of children from communities across Canada, is now without a home. It was commissioned by the Confederation Centre for the Arts in Prince Edward Island as part of a Canada-wide initiative to encourage