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

Looking deeper at land claims

Land claims and land grievances are no stranger to Onkwehón:we, and the convoluted history of Indigenous rights and lands has been prevalent since settlers arrived hundreds of years ago. In this series, we will be breaking down the significance of land claims and land grievances while spotlighting notable voices that

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

More funding for Resilience Montreal

(COURTESY FACEBOOK OF IAN LAFRENIÈRE - DÉPUTÉ DE VACHON) This was the second time that Ian Lafrenière and Nakuset sat down together at a press conference. In an unprecedented move, the Quebec government announced the investment of $3 million to buy a permanent home for Resilience Montreal. On Monday, February 22, Quebec Indigenous

Community strength takes down COVID-19

(COURTESY Kahnawake 911) A growing number of people are looking up to Kahnawake and the community as a whole for its success in combating the spread of COVID-19. A targeted closure of Kahnawake to non-residents during the first wave, the robust enforcement of directives for businesses and individuals, as well as a