Bill 96 vote coming soon

A sense of urgency is swelling in Kahnawake as leaders and residents scramble to find ways to compel the government to change course on Bill 96, a sweeping French language bill that has ignited local outrage. The bill is likely to pass tomorrow with no exemptions for Indigenous people in Quebec,

“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

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

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

Tattoo gathering coming to Kanesatake

Courtesy Mercedes Terrance Kanehsata’kehró:non Margie Canadian was scrolling Facebook last year when she saw an advertisement for the 2021 Indigenous Tattoo Gathering in Tyendinaga. The event piqued her interest, but she left it at that. When later she received a phone call from someone she knew inviting her to go, she

A whole lotta hockey coming up

Courtesy Justin Kariwakeron Horne The weather is heating up, and so is Minor Hockey in Kahnawake as local players get ready for their end-of-season tournaments. One player to watch in this weekend’s President’s Cup action is Oniehtase James Day, captain of the U13C Mohawks team. He pulled off a double hat

Habs Indigenous soiree highlights Kahnawa’kehró:non

Courtesy Montreal Canadiens On a special night to honour all Indigenous Peoples, Kahnawake took centre stage. Kahnawa’kehró:non Teiowí:sonte Tommy Deer’s artwork on an orange Habs’ warm-up jersey, including the Two Row Wampum belt bookending the Montreal Canadiens’ logo, was front and centre at the Bell Centre on Saturday. The special orange

Lajoie investigation’s findings released

After a months-long investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against the late father Léon Lajoie, the results were shared with the community last Friday. The executive summary of the report prepared by King International Advisory Group (KIAG), the firm commissioned by the Jesuits of Canada to carry out the investigation,

Spirit Talker’s reading hits home

Courtesy APTN Kanehsata’kehró:non Shawna Etienne recently had a life-altering experience after being selected to participate in the APTN documentary series Spirit Talker. The series follows Mi’kmaq medium Shawn Leonard as he travels from one Indigenous community to the next using his psychic abilities to connect Onkwehón:we with their ancestors and bring

Indigenous land defenders stand with Ukraine

Courtesy Marlene Hale More than 40 Indigenous artists across Canada have shown their solidarity with Ukraine by organizing a fundraiser for Ukrainians struggling due to the ongoing Russian invasion. On behalf of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF), Marlene Hale, a Wet’suwet’en activist, initiated a campaign with the goal of raising $10,000 through