Demand grows for language program

Courtesy Kanesatake Health Center Last Wednesday, as she sat in class on her first day of school, Kanehsata’kehró:non Kahontokta Beauvais could not believe that she was finally going to start learning her ancestral language. “Originally, I wanted to apply because I have a lot of strong speakers in my family. And

Kahnawa’kehró:non advances advocacy in new role

Courtesy Cindy Butler When Allison Deer learned she had been unanimously accepted for the alumni board position she had applied to just a few weeks before, she felt honoured to join the team at Cape Breton University (CBU). Her acceptance to this role is no surprise to those who know her. “Allison

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

Kahnawake’s bus drivers have no quit

Marcus Bankuti The Eastern Door When Jodie Gilbert’s daughter, Mia Delisle, started at Kateri School, the two would wait together at the bus stop. Like many children, Delisle wanted to be more independent as she got older, and by sixth grade she insisted on waiting alone. After all, she didn’t need

New tech for traditional teachings

Simona Rosenfield The Eastern Door With the support of community elders, Indian Way School is launching a curriculum that balances traditional teachings with technological advancements. The curriculum is in the form of a language app, workbook, and corresponding website, all tools developed from traditional stories told by first-language speakers and knowledge

Bill 96’s adoption points to action

Courtesy Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer Despite weeks of mounting protest and outrage in Kahnawake and other First Nations, Bill 96 has passed in the National Assembly without an exemption for Indigenous communities in Quebec. While the broad French language bill was widely expected to pass without accommodations after Quebec ministers refused to acknowledge

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