Speaking in honour of her family

Courtesy Tekahnekake Stacey “As a kid, I always wanted to be fluent in my family’s language,” said Tekahnekake Stacey, an upcoming graduate of the Kanien’kéha Ratiwennahní:rats Adult Immersion Program run by the Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:- na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center. “I looked up to people in my family that were fluent,

Language grad looks ahead

Courtesy KOR “I don’t speak Mohawk.” Kahsennenhawi Kirby remembers her embarrassment whenever an elder would ask her a question in Kanien’kéha, and these words would fall from her mouth. Kirby’s grandmother, Rita Phillips, was a first-language speaker who worked hard to fortify Kanien’kéha in the community, even writing curricula for local