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Membership, taxation lead community meeting

Mohawk Council of Kahnawake grand chief Joe Norton announced a proposal between gas retailers and council as a solution for the gas tax issue. (Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake has put forth a proposal to deal with the controversial tax assessments that gas retailers receive from

Elder given spiffy new ride by “Deer” friend

Joe McGregor (right) received the keys to his new truck last Friday. (Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) A local elder has new wheels thanks to a generous donation from several community members. Joe McGregor was given the keys to a 2004 Ford Ranger last Friday in the parking lot of Cannon’s Auto

Splashing back into brisk plunges of yesteryear

Dozens of brave souls have taken the plunge every February, including this bunch photographed, circa 1997. (Courtesy Kahnawake Youth Center) Over the years, dozens of local “celebrities” have taken the dunk into frigid waters to raise money for the Kahnawake Youth Center. This week’s Blast from the Past brings us back to

Mohawks caught in membership law limbo

Mohawk Council of Kahnawake membership portfolio chief Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer briefly talked about transferring membership from one community to another during a two and a half hour discussion on Indian Act amendments at Tuesday's winter community meeting. (Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) At least one Kahnawake resident is feeling concerned about the newest

St. Francis Xavier lends helping hand to faithful

Hundreds of visitors flocked to the St. Francis Xavier mission on Tuesday to see the saint’s forearm, which has been touring Jesuit parishes across Canada for the past month. (Photos by Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) A nearly 500-year-old severed forearm made its way to Kahnawake this week. It belonged to Saint

“Indigenous” group raises eyebrows with protest

The Communauté Hochelaga de l’Iroquoisie had a tipi erected from November until January in  Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard in protest of Hydro Quebec’s 120-kV Grand-Brûlé’Saint-Sauveur Supply Line project. (Courtesy Daniel “Black Feather” Larmand /Facebook) About 40 kilometres southwest of Tioweró:ton, a self-identified Iroquois community has been ruffling feathers in the small Quebec town of Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard. From November

The women who may help with your labours

Jody Jacobs (left) and Kánahne Rice are two of the doulas-in-training through the Konwati’shatstenhsherawi’s (Women Empowering Women) program. (Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) Kánahne Rice found her passion for helping women as a young teenager, after she witnessed the birth of a family member. “I just fell in love with it. I just

Girls get chance for empowerment and to rock!

Some of the participants that took part in Rock Camp For Girls Montreal's annual camp this past summer. (Courtesy Rock Camp For Girls) Want to be a rock star? Native Montreal and Rock Camp For Girls is partnering to host a series of workshops starting at the beginning of February aimed teaching

Peacekeeper chief wants policing program deemed essential

Chief Peacekeeper Dwayne Zacharie has concerns about the First Nations Policing Program not meeting the needs of Onkwehón:we police services. (Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door) While the federal government’s recent announcement for funding First Nations policing is welcomed by many, the association representing the chiefs of Indigenous police say it ignores

Unique employment program coming soon

Kaylia Marquis was hired late last year by Tewatohnhi’sáktha as the coordinator for their new Achieving Concrete Essentials (ACE) Program. (Courtesy Kaylia Marquis) A brand new program at Tewatohnhi’sáktha hopes to bridge the gap between employment training and business support services. The three-year program, called Achieving Concrete Essentials (ACE), is expected to start