Raising alpacas to teach traditions

Five-year-old Brandon Ionescu feeding treats to alpacas during a community member open door day at Skywatcher Alpaca Farm in Kanehsatake. (LAURENCE BRISSON DUBREUIL, THE EASTERN DOOR) When driving along the forested roads of Kanehsatake, few people would know to keep an eye out for the fluffy animals that make up the

Community bands together to help rebuild

TEHOSTERIHENS DEER THE EASTERN DOOR After a devastating fire destroyed most of Gale Laborgne’s house last month, the community - as it typically does - quickly came together to help her in her time of need. Kahnawa’kehró:non rallied around Laborgne, providing her with moral support, donations and ongoing fundraisers with the hope

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

Search for one of two fishermen continues

(COURTESY JUDITH BESNER) As the ice on the Lake of Two Mountains melted, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) was able to resume the search operation of two fishermen reported missing in mid-November of last year. Ten days into the resuming of the search, the body of Dylan Auger was found in

Montreal opens three vaccination sites

As the vaccine eligibility scope widens throughout the province, tangible measures to provide access to Indigenous people living in the greater Montreal area are gaining traction, as the city opens three COVID-19 vaccination sites specifically adapted for the population. The initiative is the result of a collaboration between various Indigenous community

Who got the COVID-19 shot?

After an involved campaign and the tireless work of the COVID-19 Task Force, mixed with community solidarity, the vaccination rollout has come to an end. As of Thursday, April 15, 73.4 percent of all eligible Kahnawa’kehró:non adults have been vaccinated. Although there are still a few walk-ins for first timers the

Initiative keeping youths safe

COURTESY TAMMY WHITEBEAN In June 2019, community member Tammy Whitebean teamed up with the Kahnawake Peacekeepers and started the Kids Safe Zone. The goal of this initiative is to keep kids in the community safe, by designating certain houses a safe haven, in case of emergencies. “I asked the Peacekeepers if they

Outcry over lack of housing

COURTESY TAMMY WHITEBEAN This article was written in collaboration with the Eastern Door reporter Laurence Brisson Dubreuil. This week, Kahnawa’kehró:non voiced their concerns on social media in an attempt for immediate action on what they are calling a housing crisis. This has been a point of contention for years, as the number of

Tax exemption denied in LaSalle

Community member Tonia Williams had been making frequent trips to the Reno Depot in LaSalle over the last several weeks, as she is completing a home renovation project. Last weekend, Williams went back to the store to purchase tiles, but she was caught by surprise when she arrived at the checkout,

Promoting Kanien’kéha online

COURTESY FACEBOOK PAGE OF KANESATAKE HEALTH CENTRE The stories were chosen to help the transition from winter into spring. One of the most cherished memories among Onkwehón:we people is story time. Whether it was done around a fire, hidden away from suspicious parents, tucked in bed, or even as grown adults now