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Community members call out Oka mayor on land

By: Franca G. Mignacca, The Eastern Door Around 125 community members from Kanesatake met with Pascal Quevillon, the mayor of Oka, and government representatives, as well as citizens of the Oka community Monday night. They discussed land disputes at the church in Oka. Kanien’kehá:ka activist Ellen Gabriel and community members voiced their concerns

First-time Onake paddlers hold own at provincials

“I can see that they are working hard,” said Onake Paddling Club Coach Maris Jacobs about first time paddlers performace at provincials last week. (Courtesy Onake Paddling Club) By: Joseph Coppolino, The Eastern Door The Onake Paddling Club put forward another worthy performance at the Sprint Canoe-Kayak Provincial Championships this past week, with a

Aspiring veterinarian launches online campaign

“It’s something to think about but it’s not dampening my plans to become a vet,” Montana Diabo said of the cost of veterinary school.  High price tag won’t keep Diabo from her dream. (Courtesy Montana Diabo) By: Darya Marchenkova, The Eastern Door Montana Diabo has launched an online fundraising campaign to raise $85,000, about

Three sisters deliver babies back-to-back-to-back

Emily, Kelli-Ann and Melissa Frate were supposed to give birth in that order. Instead, the order was flipped. (Courtesy Tammy Standup) By: Darya Marchenkova, The Eastern Door Emily Frate rushed down the hospital hallway in her gown, making it just in time to watch her sister Melissa Frate give birth to Mila. Nine hours

The benefits of being home for the school year

By: Tahotharatie Diabo, The Eastern Door’s Heads Up Honcho Since I was young my mother has taught me everything I know, from reading to writing to math to science and history. Being home schooled has taught me not only about basic subjects but has taught me about life too. It’s strange to think that

Was it an AFN assembly or a Liberal party meeting?

By: Russell Diabo, Special to The Eastern Door The Assembly of First Nations just held its 38th Annual Assembly in Regina, Saskatchewan two weeks ago, with reportedly about 320 chiefs or proxies attending, including Mohawk Council grand chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton. During his opening speech AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde said the AFN “is

What I did/learned during my time at TED

Tewatohnhi'saktha's Heads Up program brought math whiz Kaden Phillips to The Eastern Door for three days earlier this month. (Steve Bonspiel, The Eastern Door) By: Kaden Phillips, The Eastern Door’s Heads Up Kid Being in The Eastern Door for the three days this month was fun. I started at 9 a.m., took a break from 12 p.m.-

Heading to Cameroon, Africa to lend an eco-hand

Devan Peterson will be representing the First Nations Regional Adult Education Centre in Cameroon. (Courtesy Devan Peterson) By: Rebecca Chant, The Eastern Door Devan Peterson, a student at the First Nations Regional Adult Education Centre, is heading to Cameroon, Africa to help build a water tank and exchange knowledge about food sustainability. The government

Mohawk makes world debut

By: Gage Diabo, The Eastern Door More Mad Max than The Orenda, Mohawk made a gory, crowd-pleasing splash during its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Set during the War of 1812, when the Mohawks of present-day New York remained neutral, the film involves the cat and mouse chase between a

Looking ahead (with a little fear) to high school

Tewatohnhi'saktha's Heads Up program brought math whiz Kaden Phillips to The Eastern Door last week. (Steve Bonspiel, The Eastern Door) By: Kaden Phillips, The Eastern Door’s Heads Up Kid Elementary school was fun as I met lots of close friends and learned new things such as: French, Mohawk, lots and lots of math, art, physical education,

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