Kahnawake feeling pandemic pinch

The fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic ushered in the highly transmissible Omicron variant, dramatically increasing positive cases in the community and around the world over the last few weeks. As of Wednesday evening, there were 110 active cases of COVID-19 in Kahnawake and a total of 223 since the beginning

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,

Local cooking show wins innovation award

(Courtesy Frankie Massicotte) What’s for Lunch, a community cooking show that promotes healthy eating and family bonding, was the winner of the innovation award at this year’s Order of Dietitians and Nutritionists of Quebec award gala. Co-hosts Chantal Haddad, a community dietitian and nutritionist at the Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre (KMHC), and

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

Riverside Inn displays gorgeous art

A historical building in Kahnawake is currently hosting a collection of modern art pieces created by Onkwehón:we artists. The inaugural Iontkahthóhtha exhibition launched at the beginning of the month by the Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center (KOR) at the Riverside Inn will continue until October 24. Scott Berwick, KOR’s photo

Fighting climate change one tree at a time

When it comes to the fight against climate change, planting trees is part of the solution. As a substantive and affordable counter-action to mitigating human-caused emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2), the Kahnawake Environment Protection Office (KEPO) launched its tree planting Há’o Tewaiéntho! Let’s Plant! initiative. Between Monday, October 4 and

Remembering the children

On September 30, community members came together as they have done for the past six years to commemorate survivors of residential schools for Orange Shirt Day. This year, however, was different. With the discovery of thousands of unmarked graves at former residential school sites across the country and Canada finally recognizing

Kanehsatake unites for Orange Shirt Day

Courtesy Jadyn Lauder In a community where there is strength in numbers, Kanehsata’kehró:non know resilience and compassion are at their strongest when all members come together as one. With the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation prioritizing raising awareness about the legacy of residential schools, Kanehsatake is concentrating on ensuring September

A man’s journey of identity leads to Kahnawake

As a young boy, acclaimed musician Tom Wilson would only ever hear about Kahnawake around the kitchen table when adults – who later turned out to be close relatives – visited his parents Bunny and George in Hamilton, Ontario. He grew up listening to tales about famous wrestlers, activists, ironworkers and

Community reacts to church vandalism

MARISELA AMADOR THE EASTERN DOOR “My initial reaction was dismay and concern that this is how the anger and hurt are being processed,” said community member Melanie Mayo, at the sight of Kahnawake’s defaced Catholic Church on the morning of Wednesday, July 28. “I am the daughter of a residential school survivor.