The Eastern Door – Vol. 23 No. 33

My desk at the internship

This week, I’ve been doing a one-week placement with The Eastern Door newspaper in Kahnawake, a Mohawk territory near Montreal. I’ve had an amazing (and productive!) experience, and I feel like I’ve learned a lot about working on tighter deadlines. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the paper’s staff, who have all been very helpful and patient with me.

Excerpts from my articles in this issue are below. The online edition is paywalled.

Kanien’kéha name stalls local family’s adoption plans (pg. 6)

A local family hit a roadblock in adoption proceedings when a judge expressed unease about the Mohawk name proposed for a child.

Kahnawake residents Tammy Whitebean and Rickey Diabo were in court in Montreal’s Rosement La Petite Patrie borough to finalize an adoption on Wednesday morning.

Whitebean said that the judge presiding over their case, Justic Roland Matte, suggestion the family rethink the first name the family had chosen for this child, which is a Kanien’kéha name.

Workshop demonstrates the ins and outs of composting (pg. 8, with photo)

The worms were small, reddish-brown, and very active. “They don’t like the sun,” Nikki Shiebel said, as she watched several wriggle around in her palm.

They would have rather been in a container of warm, moist composting, like the one sitting on a picnic table in the back garden of the Kahnawake Environment Protection Office. Schiebel paced the worms back in their plastic blue bin before she started the composting workshop, which was held on Monday afternoon.

Native studies programs being launched at universities (pg. 17, with Karen Massey)

A new Indigenous studies minor at McGill is now available to students, and will be held accountable to local communities, according to several members of the university community.

Community members, including Kahnawake residents, and McGill students and staff will be able to discuss Indigenous studies programs during a panel organized for McGill’s annual Indigenous Awareness Week.

The panel will focus on what Indigenous studies programs should look like, and how they should be taught.

Akwesasne Powwow has a few exciting surprises (pg. 18)

The 14th annual Akwesasne Powwow promises to be an awesome celebration of culture, as a male grass dance, a female jingle, and a youth all-around special will be front and centre.

The event will be held September 6-7 at the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena on Cornwall Island, Ontario, and will include, as always, dance competition and performances and dozens of food and craft vendors.

There will also be a smoke dance competition, giving everyone a chance to see what the powwow’s website describes as “the fastest dance on two feet.”

Ladyhawks win respect at provincial tourney (pg. 25)

The Kahnawake Ladyhawks ended the team’s second season by leaving the provincial championships in Grand River last weekend with their heads held high, despite discouraging results in the box.

The Ladyhawks lost four games during the Ontario Womens’ Box Lacrosse League Provincial Championships, but, as manager Vonna Mayo said, “man, did we put up a fight.”

Locals help Cougars roar in AA soccer tourney (pg. 27)

The Chateauguay Cougars AA soccer team came home with a gold medal from a tournament in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu last weekend, despite a particularly aggressive final.

The Cougars were undefeated during the tournament, winning all four games.

The team won its first game against the Dollard Dragons 3-1 and then beat the Joliette Lasers next, 4-0.

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