Demand grows for language program

Courtesy Kanesatake Health Center Last Wednesday, as she sat in class on her first day of school, Kanehsata’kehró:non Kahontokta Beauvais could not believe that she was finally going to start learning her ancestral language. “Originally, I wanted to apply because I have a lot of strong speakers in my family. And

Promoting the language gets trio noticed

Courtesy Wennekerakon Tiewishaw Revital Software, a company that specializes in the creation of Indigenous language revitalization games and resources, was selected as a 2022 Pow Wow Pitch semi-finalist. The company was founded by two Kanehsata’kehró:non sisters, Kahentawaks and Wennekerakon Tiewishaw, and their friend Frederyk Kowalczyk in 2020. It caters to educational

A graduation ceremony to remember

Marisela Amador The Eastern Door There was not a dry eye left in the room by the end of the joyous and emotional graduation ceremony for the Ratiwennenhá:wi Adult Immersion Program. Teharahkó:ken Cree, Kiohontá:sen Miranda Gabriel, and Tiohrihwaié:ri Megan Harding have been waiting since 2020 to celebrate their monumental achievement. The

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,

Testing her limits and discovering new skills

Courtesy Katsi’tsón:ni Elaina Montour For Katsi’tsón:ni Elaina Montour, there were a few experiences over the years that made her want to learn Kanien’kéha. One of them that stuck with her happened at Step By Step Child and Family Center a few years ago, where she worked at the time as a

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,

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