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First Peoples Fest gives big nod to creation story

Feature-length films and living arts are the focus of this summer’s First Peoples Festival. The 27th edition of the annual event will transform Place des Festivals from August 2-9, organizers announced on Tuesday morning. “This year, as always, we have great outdoor activities around what we call now Place du Makusham (Place

Norton questions Bill S-3 in Ottawa’s house of parliament

Mohawk council grand chief Joe Norton was in Ottawa last week to tell the Canadian parliament that no matter what changes are made to the Indian Act, "no one will decide for us what we're going to do." (file photo) Mohawk Council of Kahnawake grand chief Joe Norton made it clear

Students lend helping hand for beloved teacher

Seven students at Karonhianónhnha Tsi Ionteriwaienstáhkhwa helped raise money for their teacher, Kaherawaks Carol Boyer Jacobs, as she goes through treatment for breast cancer. (Courtesy Kaherawaks Carol Boyer Jacobs) A group of grade five and six students at Karonhianónhnha Tsi Ionteriwaienstáhkhwa decided to raise money for their former teacher who is

Three generations of walking and raising steel

Chester Gilbert snapped this photo of himself  during a lunch break on the job in August 1985. (Photos courtesy Chester Gilbert) The only photo Chester Gilbert has of his father Albert was taken while the father-son duo worked together on the IBM Building in New York City. Like many Kahnawa'kehró:non, Albert, who passed

Community garden ready for a sticky situation

The grassroots community garden will be buzzing with plenty of bees thanks to a new hive installed by beekeepers Tealey Normandin and Stephane Ouellet. (Photos couresty The Honey Lodge) While it’s the third summer that a grassroots garden along Highway 30 has been producing corn and other vegetables for the community, this

Residency law given mandate

Mohawk Council of Kahnawake chief Rhonda Kirby discussed the purpose and scope of the proposed residency law at Tuesday’s Community Decision-Making Process hearing. (Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) The proposed Kahnawake Residency Law received a mandate to proceed through the Community Decision-Making Process as urgent legislation this week. Consensus by three-dozen community

Recycling Depot demolished along with history

The material from Friday’s demolition of the decommissioned Recycling Depot will be sorted and recycled, while the site will be filled with stone. (Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) With a brand new recycling pick up service in full swing by the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake’s waste management department, the decommissioned Recycling

Majority wants residency law enacted, survey says

Mohawk Council of Kahnawake chief Rhonda Kirby spent the first few months of the new year gauging community member's thoughts about who should and shouldn't live in Kahnawake.(Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door) According to recent survey results conducted by the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK), the majority of the community supports

Spring symphony of sounds

Budding musicians from Kahnawake joined the St. Francis Xavier Mission’s Mohawk Choir and the Longueuil Symphony Orchestra at a fundraising concert on Saturday afternoon. (Photos by Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) Music echoed throughout the St. Francis Xavier Mission as dozens of Kahnawake’s young musicians performed alongside the Longueuil Symphony Orchestra Saturday

Invasive beetle bores burden for basket makers

Lynn Jacobs, an environmental advisor/projects coordinator at the Kahnawake Environmental Protection Office, gave a presentation on the emerald ash borer for Cultural Awareness Month. (Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door/ Courtesy Natural Resources Canada) The emerald ash borer may be a little bug, but environmentalist say it has detrimental impacts on not

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