Kanesatake meeting seeks to resolve internal conflicts

A community meeting called by the people was held last Thursday night in Kanesatake, in response to the majority of chiefs on Council not attending the previous meeting. “This meeting was called by you guys, not me and not by Council. This meeting was called because, at last week’s meeting,

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

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

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

Bill 96 amendments raise concerns

Kahnawake chiefs and educators warn that amendments to the provincial Bill 96 will not only set up Kahnawake students to fail in CEGEPs but also increase colonial imposition on the part of Quebec. Proposed in 2021 by the minister responsible for the French language Simon Jolin-Barrette, Bill 96 aimed to protect

Kanesatake Council in disarray

Kanehsata’kehró:non were shocked by the lack of decorum among Mohawk Council of Kanesatake (MCK) chiefs during a community meeting on April 12. Tensions were high as MCK grand chief Victor Akwirente Bonspille accused a few of his Council chiefs, namely chief Brant Etienne, of what essentially amounts to insubordination regarding

Indigenous land defenders stand with Ukraine

Courtesy Marlene Hale More than 40 Indigenous artists across Canada have shown their solidarity with Ukraine by organizing a fundraiser for Ukrainians struggling due to the ongoing Russian invasion. On behalf of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF), Marlene Hale, a Wet’suwet’en activist, initiated a campaign with the goal of raising $10,000 through