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New leaders emerge in Kanesatake

Watsenniiostha Nelson and three of her four sisters and her nephew getting ready for the rolling blockades on July, 11, 2020. (COURTESY WATSENNIIOSTHA NELSON) Dear Readers: As an essential service that is still open during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Eastern Door is fighting hard to keep news like this flowing, in our

Going back to the roots

(Marisela Amador The Eastern Door) Every day at around 6:30 a.m., Ruth Jacobs goes outside in her backyard and waters her garden. Jacobs has tomatoes, squash, cucumber, pumpkin and watermelon planted in her garden in Kahnawake. “My father, my uncle, my brother, my whole family had a garden,” Jacobs said. “I used to

“He was everything to the choir”

(Courtesy Gabriel Berberian) Bernardin Houle, choir director and organist for the St. Francis Xavier Mission Catholic Church, and a prominent figure in Kahnawake, passed away last Wednesday, June 3. He was 96. Houle was a member of the choir since he was 29 years old, for over 60 years. Even though he was

Kanesatake checkpoints shift gears

(Steve Bonspiel The Eastern Door) Kanesatake has redirected the access control location points to new locations in the community, hoping to serve a new role. The original five checkpoints were put in place by the Kanesatake Emergency Response Unit (ERU) to help prevent a potential spread of the COVID-19 virus in the

Checkpoints set up at Oka Park

(Steve Bonspiel The Eastern Door)  The Kanesatake Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and Mohawk Council of Kanesatake (MCK) grand chief Serge Otsi Simon didn’t want to take any chances. With Oka Park set to be open to the public soon, checkpoints were set up at the entrance on Wednesday May 20 to stop

Education continues to adapt

(File Photo) The Kahnawake Education Center (KEC) has started to look at several different scenarios for the new school year in the fall, and although no decision has been made yet, there’s a ton of work going on behind the scenes. Robin Delaronde, director of education in Kahnawake, said they are currently

Behind the checkpoints

  Before going to work at the west gate access location point in Kanesatake, Patsy Bonspille brings her hot chamomile tea to help keep her warm for her 12-hour night shift. “It was minus-12 one of the first nights, April 21, in the open field road,” Bonspille said. “I was dressed warm

Schools to stay closed till fall

Premier Francois Legault announced recently that schools will gradually re-open in Quebec, but Kahnawake has other plans. All schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year, as stipulated by the Kahnawake COVID-19 Pandemic Task Force. The local Task Force has the mandate to address the pandemic on behalf of