Kahnawake Survival School walks out against Bill 96

Simona Rosenfield The Eastern Door Students and staff at Kahnawake Survival School (KSS) were joined by hundreds of community members last week in walking out against Bill 96, a far-reaching French language bill on the verge of becoming Quebec law. In a shot across the bow, about 1,000 Kahnawa’kehró:non marched west

Kahnawake leads against Bill 96

Courtesy AFNQL Quebec continues to refuse to make exceptions for Indigenous nations concerning Bill 96, even as Kahnawake and other Indigenous community leaders warn the province of the harm the legislation would pose to Indigenous youth and culture. Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) grand chief Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer, who was joined by

Kanien’kéha language program transfers to Kanesatake

Courtesy Kanerahtenhá:wi Hilda Nicholas The Kanien’kéha Adult Immersion Program in Kanesatake is collaborating with McGill University to instruct and certify 10 Indigenous language teachers in Kanesatake. “We’ve had so much interest. It’s incredible,” said Kanerahtenhá:wi Hilda Nicholas, director of the Kanesatake Language and Cultural Centre. The program and waiting list filled

Bill 96 amendments raise concerns

Kahnawake chiefs and educators warn that amendments to the provincial Bill 96 will not only set up Kahnawake students to fail in CEGEPs but also increase colonial imposition on the part of Quebec. Proposed in 2021 by the minister responsible for the French language Simon Jolin-Barrette, Bill 96 aimed to protect

In-person learning returns

Courtesy Kahnawake 911 As teachers, students and parents prepare to return to classrooms next week, the Kahnawake Education Center (KEC) has implemented new safety measures as it braces for more positive cases at schools than ever before. “With Omicron, we are telling parents and staff to expect positive cases. It is

Investigation leads to dismissal

A four-month investigation into sexual abuse allegations against an employee at Kateri School has led to the former educator’s termination, The Eastern Door has learned. The names of all of the people involved are being kept private for fear of identifying the victim, who was a minor when the alleged abuse

New course stirs criticism

(Denis Gros-Louis. Courtesy First Nations Education Council) After Quebec announced the new mandatory Citizenship and Culture program for elementary and high school students, First Nations groups across the province expressed concerns and criticized the new curriculum. Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) chief Ross Montour called it “colonialism all over again.” “It is clear

A champion of education departs

(Courtesy Kahnawake Education Center)  Edward J. Aronhie:nens Cross, former director of education at the Kahnawake Education Center (KEC) and a fighter for better access to schooling both here and beyond, passed away on October 12. Though he is gone, his many, far-reaching contributions to education live on. From improving access for students

Investigating child abuse at school

Content warning. This article contains strong language of sexual abuse and is not suitable for all readers. “It started around the age of six or seven, and he continued to hurt me until I was around 11,” an anonymous source that we will call Sam told The Eastern Door. An investigation was

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