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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

Time to kick the habit Kahnawa’kehró:non

Kahnawake Tobacco Reduction Strategy is encouraging people to butt out for National Non-Smoking Week. (Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) One in six Kahnawa’kehró:non are smokers, according newly released results of the First Nations Regional Health Survey. It’s the first set of data analyzed and made public from the survey, which was conducted

Locals caught in tobacco operation

Tobacco, money, and a boat that was used to transport the tobacco were seized by the RCMP in a recent investigation dubbed Project Cendrier. (Courtesy RCMP) Several Kanien’kehá:ka from Kahnawake, Kanesatake, and Akwesasne were named in an RCMP operation targeting ‘contraband tobacco’ trafficking in the Valleyfield region this week. The RCMP

Write for Rights recognizes Melanie Morrison

Melanie Morrison (right) was one of 10 people the francophone branch of Amnesty International Canada focused on for its annual Write for Rights campaign. (Courtesy Gilles Pilette) Leading up to International Human Rights Day, Amnesty International supporters from around the world came together to write letters to human rights defenders, including Kahnawa’kehró:non

An epic battle of the holiday mayonnaise salads

According to several people polled by Eastern Door reporter Jessica Deer, Dustin’s Convenience has the best potato and macaroni salad in town. (Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) Whether you love it or hate it, mayonnaise-based salads are a staple on Kahnawake dinner tables for special occasions, and the holidays are no exception. My family,

Kanien’kehá:ka honoured by local community

Several representatives from the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake were in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue in 2005 for a tree planting ceremony, which will now have a plaque recognizing Kanien’kehá:ka. (Courtesy Ryan Young) The city of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue will unveil a new historical plaque this week, recognizing the Kanien’kehá:ka presence in three languages. “It’s about time. To

Christmas with your four-legged furry friends

It remains to be seen whether Crash likes to be dressed up in Christmas garb and pose for photos, but, it is not in dispute, that it will happen, and he'll just have to deal with it. (Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) I’m one of those obnoxious dog owners that created

Indigenous languages get boost from national grant

Onowa McIvor (UVic, Indigenous Education professor) and Peter Jacobs (SFU, linguistics) are co-leads of NETOLNEW, a six-year $2.5 million Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant. (Courtesy Julie Rémy) A new language revitalization project at the University of Victoria will help strengthen Kanien’kéha and several other Indigenous languages across Turtle Island. NEȾOLṈEW̱, which

Winter Wonderland trees up, get to the hall ASAP

Karonhiaráhstha’s Winter Wonderland is one of the highlight fundraising events of the year and the Kateri Hall is where to go to enter a chance to win one of the incredible trees replete with treats for all. (Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) It's on. The third annual Karonhiaráhstha’s Winter Wonderland is underway, and