Indigenous block partied, rain or shine

Marisela Amador The Eastern Door The community gathered this year for Indigenous Peoples Day to celebrate, share a meal, play games, and end the day in dance. The event, dubbed an Indigenous Block Party by organizers, was the first of its kind as community organizations collaborated to create a free event

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,

“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

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

Playground donates to local mother

Courtesy Christy Lahache Christy Lahache, who lives in a household of seven people, needed somewhere quiet to take a phone call for this article. Fortunately, she did have somewhere to go: the 2016 Dodge Caravan recently purchased for her by Playground Poker and Original Tobacco Traders (OTT). “I’m very independent. I

Tattoo gathering coming to Kanesatake

Courtesy Mercedes Terrance Kanehsata’kehró:non Margie Canadian was scrolling Facebook last year when she saw an advertisement for the 2021 Indigenous Tattoo Gathering in Tyendinaga. The event piqued her interest, but she left it at that. When later she received a phone call from someone she knew inviting her to go, she

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

Traditional detox centre in the works

Iohahiio Delisle was lending a hand at Cabot Square in Montreal, where the Raphaël André Memorial Tent offers warmth to those without shelter, when he encountered a Kahnawa’kehró:non man in his 30s who was homeless and suffering from an opioid addiction. Delisle was among the people who helped the man

Showing Indigenous pride

Courtesy Linda Hemlock Linda Hemlock had never made regalia until two months ago. When the Shuswap woman living in BC caught word that kids in her community had been invited to dance at the Alpine World Junior Championships, she was determined to lend a hand. “With all those athletes coming to