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

Indigenous languages acknowledged

COURTESY GOVERNMENT OF CANADA On Monday, June 14, the federal government appointed the first-ever commissioner to protect endangered Indigenous languages. Four representatives, the commissioner, Ronald E. Ignace, and three directors - Georginia Liberty, Joan Greyeyes and Robert Watt - make up the first-ever Office of the Commissioner of Indigenous Languages (OCIL). Commissioner Ignace,

Kanesatake grand chief responds to Bill 96

Laurence Brisson Dubreuil The Eastern Door

The recent tabling of Bill 96, which sets out to further protect the French language in Quebec, has stirred criticism from many in the province; including one outspoken Kanien’kehá:ka leader who calls the proposed legislation a new form of colonization. On Monday, June 7, a video published online shows Mohawk Council

Adapting Kanien’kéha to online learning

As teachers and administrators all over the globe work tirelessly to further the education of young minds, in Kahnawake, there’s one subject that has proven to be even more difficult to teach throughout this pandemic. The teaching of Kanien’kéha, a language whose significance to Kahnawa’kehró:non can never be adequately described, has

You won’t want to miss the language symposium

Throughout shutdowns, event cancellations, isolation and the other ever-evolving obstacles, Kahnawa’kehró:non Atewenniióstha Jacobs has not stopped promoting the importance of Kanienʼkéha. As part of Cultural Awareness Month, Jacobs is organizing a virtual Rotinonhsión:ni Language Symposium. Although there have been language symposiums in the past, this is the first year the entire

Council critical of Language Act implementation

(Marisela Amador The Eastern Door) [apss_share] Dear Readers: As an essential service that is still open during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Eastern Door is fighting hard to keep news like this flowing, in our print product, though an online subscription at www.eastermdoor.com and here, for free, on our website and Facebook. But when a

Kanien’kéha activists adapt to pandemic

(NATALIA FEDOSIEIEVA THE EASTERN DOOR) [apss_share] Dear Readers: As an essential service that is still open during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Eastern Door is fighting hard to keep news like this flowing, in our print product, though an online subscription at www.eastermdoor.com and here, for free, on our website and Facebook. But when a

Healing himself through our language

(COURTESY QUEENIE MCCOMBER) [apss_share] Sahawisóko Arquette went through some hardships that ultimately led to serious addiction a few years ago. “In high school, I found myself abusing substances,” said Arquette. “And then I stopped because of something that happened to me. It didn’t go well for me doing that. After that, I reflected,

Keeping Kanien’kéha alive with a little help

There are a number of additional language possibilities thanks to new funding from a generous donor. (Courtesy Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer) [apss_share] Mohawk Council of Kahnawake grand chief Joe Norton and council chief Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer returned from Durban, South Africa last month after meeting with a software developer in the country to secure future funding for