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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

Montreal bylaw hinders Indigenous tour guides

  Montreal activist and tour guide Donovan King continues to push to change a bylaw that makes it illegal to hire guides who don’t have a permit – and for more Indigenous representation – and his letter demanding these things was answered by the city this week. Bylaw G-2 prohibits individuals from

Kahnawake couple battle COVID-19 

    Peter and Randi (Diabo) Jaramillo will be fully recovered from COVID-19 by Sunday, but having their three-year-old daughter Sofia during the recovery process, and trying to keep her safe, free of the sickness, has been stressful. “She still hasn’t shown any symptoms, we check her temperature daily and keep a close

Faith and ceremony during a pandemic

  For those who attend the longhouse or church, the calls for social distancing may be hard on their spirituality.  “We’ve been participating in giving thanks as a family in our own ways and each time it’s been a boost for our morale,” said Raven Swamp.  “We eliminate all the distractions of the

Pandemic is tough when you’re pregnant

  The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent measures that have been implemented to slow the spread of the virus has caused anxiety and stress, but the pressure is even more heightened for pregnant women. “It’s a pain,” said Kwahará:ni Jacobs, who is due to give birth to her first child in less

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

Addicts in isolation have places to turn to

The COVID-19 pandemic forced governments all over the world to set out various safety measures to try to mitigate the impacts of the virus. It has been especially crucial for people to socially distance themselves to slow the spread of the virus.  Being confined to our homes is a disruption to

Brave faces of the frontlines

  Dr. Bruemmer has been working at the Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre (KMHC) for almost 23 years, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, he’s had to find ways to adapt his practice quite drastically. “I would say, overall, there are fewer patients, but it’s very unusual from the way we usually practice, you

Restaurant owners wrestle with uncertainty

Every second day, George Gogoris drives up to his restaurant. He arrives at around 11:00 a.m., but there’s no sound of staff talking among themselves, no meat simmering on the grill, or the chatter of customers as they wait for their meals at Robbie’s Smokehouse and Burger Bar. It’s just him. Gogoris

First COVID-19 case in town

  (Marisela Amador, The Eastern Door) On Wednesday (March 18), the Kahnawake COVID-19 Task Force announced the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Kahnawake.  “I am here today to advise the community that we had a first positive case of COVID-19 in the community,” said Lisa Westaway, Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre