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

Antique beadwork returns home

Photos courtesy Martin Loft After two years of COVID-19 kept him away, Grant Jonathan was finally able to return to Kahnawake in December to find new homes for some antique Mohawk beadwork. The Tuscarora artist has tried to come up every year since 2011, bringing with him yards of velveteen and

First baby of 2022 makes a grand entrance

(Courtesy Jenny Lahache) Baby Ietsirénhawe was already a week late. Her due date was December 24, which came and went without a peep. Mother Jenny Lahache was left feeling like she was in labour for two straight weeks - until the morning of January 1, when Ietsirénhawe decided it was time

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

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

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

Ice racing returning soon

(Courtesy Bryant Montour-Leblanc) Last year, the frozen-over bay at the Kahnawake Marina was dotted with 100 shacks for ice fishing, a quiet activity that brings to mind contemplation and serenity. The shacks will be back this winter, but things are about to get a lot louder at the marina. The Kahnawake Marina Super

#ShutDownCanada

In Kahnawake and many other communities from coast to coast, actions and demonstrations were held this week in solidarity with land defenders in Wet’suwet’en territory. After the RCMP arrested 29 people on November 18 and 19 while enforcing an injunction granted to Coastal GasLink, Kahnawa’kehró:non organized a rolling blockade Wednesday on

Racing to provide high-speed internet

Terms like megabit and gigabit might go over some people’s heads, but the need for fast, reliable internet in Kahnawake is something nearly everyone understands. “It puts people on the same level as on the outside,” said Wallace “Bully” Stacey, president of K Fiber Optic. The local company hopes that within

Father Lajoie investigation launched

An independent investigation regarding allegations of sexual abuse against the late father Léon Lajoie began this week. The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) informed the community that King International Advisory Group would be heading the investigation. The investigative firm was retained and commissioned by the Jesuits of Canada. “Our intention is to