Another prestigious nomination for Tracey Deer

File photo The nominations for the Rogers Best Canadian Feature Award have been announced, and the critically-acclaimed film Beans directed by Tracey Deer has made the cut. The powerful coming-of-age story set to the backdrop of the Siege of Kanesatake (aka Oka Crisis) is one of three films nominated for this

Honouring Raphaël André

Laurence Brisson Dubreuil The Eastern Door “Where are they warming up?” Alexandra Ambroise asks herself this same question every night as she and the staff of the Raphaël André Memorial Tent greet sometimes upwards of hundreds of unhoused individuals seeking warmth. “When it’s cold like today, I have fewer people waiting

A new direction for the Onen’tó:kon Healing Lodge

(Courtesy Lori Tarbell) Genuine compassion leads the path towards recovery. This is the approach that guides the work of Lori Tarbell, the new Onen’tó:kon Healing Lodge (OHL) executive director. “The staff has an enormous amount of wisdom and knowledge,” said Tarbell as she commended the ardor with which her new staff

Bringing Indigenous women leaders together

(Courtesy Assembly of First Nations) Mohawk Council of Kahnawake grand chief Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer attended a historic meeting of Indigenous women leaders on Tuesday, held at governor-general Mary Simon’s home in Rideau Hall. Sky-Deer and Simon met with the Assembly of First Nations national chief RoseAnne Archibald and grand chief of the Grand

Fighting for the right to participate in the UN

Kenneth Deer is no stranger to the workings of the United Nations (UN). Starting as a member of the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples in 1987, and later playing a role in drafting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Deer is intimately familiar with this international organization and

Remembering the children

On September 30, community members came together as they have done for the past six years to commemorate survivors of residential schools for Orange Shirt Day. This year, however, was different. With the discovery of thousands of unmarked graves at former residential school sites across the country and Canada finally recognizing

Indigenous leaders inspire Montreal crowd

Every word spoken by Katsi’tsakwas Ellen Gabriel carried through the heavy air as hundreds of people attentively listened, desperately trying to absorb their meaning. “Why did it take finding evidence of the children for you all to rise up together with us?” pleaded the Kanehsata’kehró:non, as she addressed the sea of

Community reacts to church vandalism

MARISELA AMADOR THE EASTERN DOOR “My initial reaction was dismay and concern that this is how the anger and hurt are being processed,” said community member Melanie Mayo, at the sight of Kahnawake’s defaced Catholic Church on the morning of Wednesday, July 28. “I am the daughter of a residential school survivor.

The life of a residential school survivor

Trigger warning: This article contains graphic details and strong reference to sexual abuse. STEVE BONSPIEL THE EASTERN DOOR The first thing you notice about Mi’kmaq elder Nick Huard is his sense of humour. He can laugh about anything. He’s used it to survive over his 72 years, first in a tough upbringing in