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 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

Crime victims’ support a priority

As it stands now, Kahnawake does not have any resources available specifically to support victims of crime and provide important education. Kahnawake Shakotiia’takehnhas Community Services (KSCS) is responsible for connecting Kahnawa’kehró:non with mental health resources, but this only partially responds to the unique needs of victims. Outside resources exist, but

Council chief attends impact conference

Courtesy Morgan Phillips Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) chief Ross Montour attended the annual International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Conference in Vancouver last week. Montour delivered a presentation at the conference, which ran from May 4-7, where he addressed the cumulative impacts that the St. Lawrence Seaway project has had

Softball league dedicates season to Assisted Living

Alexander Perez The Eastern Door This past Tuesday marked the opening game of the Kahnawake Mixed Softball League (KMSL). But it wasn’t the athletes nor the sport that took centre stage. The 2022 KMSL season will be dedicated to Assisted Living Services (ALS) in order to raise awareness about community members

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

Culture more than a political priority

When the current Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) chiefs announced three core priorities to serve as their north star through the remainder of the term, language and cultural revitalization was at the very top of the list. This came as no surprise. The struggle against colonialism is, in one way

Compost participation sputtering

Courtesy Kahnawake Waste Management Department The organic collection program launched by Kahnawake’s Waste Management Department is flourishing according to many metrics - impressive in nearly every way, perhaps, except the participation rate. Community composting has become more sophisticated, and the soil it produces is safe, balanced, and being put to use in

New homes for endangered birds

Courtesy Kahnawake Environment Protection Office The Kahnawake Environment Protection Office (KEPO) is installing 10 nest boxes in a bid to provide more nesting areas for the endangered eastern bluebird. The boxes will be set up along a nest trail on the grounds of the old Kahnawake Survival School campus. “Our goal is