Highlights / Mohawk

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

In Eastern Canada, Musique Nomade stands by Indigenous musicians

Since my first Safe&Sound column on throat singing, I meant to explore Canada’s Indigenous music scene. In Quebec, the most important stakeholder is undoubtedly Musique Nomade, a Montreal-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and producing up-and-coming Indigenous musicians.  Based on »

Indigenous, Politics

Trudeau asks for patience as rail blockades continue but offers no clear plan

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Canadians to remain patient and “show resolve” in finding a peaceful solution to a series of Indigenous protests that have disrupted the country’s railway transport and threaten to undermine the Liberal government’s signature policy of »


Indigenous leaders call for calm and dialogue to resolve pipeline protests

Indigenous leaders on Tuesday appealed for calm and dialogue to resolve a crisis that has crippled much of Canada’s rail traffic amid protests in support of a small group of hereditary Indigenous chiefs in British Columbia who are fighting the »

Economy, Indigenous, Politics

Via Rail partially resumes service in parts of eastern Canada

Via Rail, Canada’s national passenger rail service, has decided to partially resume service between Quebec City and Ottawa, according to a release on their website. Trains that serve full trips will resume service between the provincial capitals on Feb. 20.  »

Indigenous, Politics

Trudeau convenes emergency meeting to discuss anti-pipeline protests

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau convened a meeting of the cabinet’s Incident Response Group on Monday to address ongoing protests and rail blockades that have shut down much of the country’s rail traffic, disrupting passenger and freight service across Canada. The »


Exhibition of First Nations headdresses explores issues of diversity and cultural appropriation

Tahatie Montour has been making traditional Haudenosaunee headdresses for over a decade and says his skills could transfer to another profession. “A lot of the ways I look at it, I could be a florist,” said Montour, who is Mohawk »

Indigenous, Society

White corn or the taste of Mohawk hospitality

Chief Christine Zachary-Deom is a member of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake and also an excellent chef in her home. Every Sunday she cooks a traditional Mohawk meal for family and friends. Hominy − dried white corn kernels softened through an »

Arts & Entertainment, Highlights, Indigenous, Society

Racist allegations involving iconic Canadian folk song

Music teacher sues school principal and VP. A school in Toronto is embroiled in a controversy over a song performed during a school concert in May of 2016. The music teacher who organised the concert is now suing the principal »


A new app teaches Indigenous Mohawk language

An Indigenous post-secondary organization in the province of Ontario has launched an app for people who want to learn the Mohawk language. Indigenous languages losing ground rapidly Census figures indicate that the number of people who spoke an Indigenous language »

Highlights, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Oka Crisis: brewing up again 27 years later

The crisis began in early 1990 when the small town of Oka Quebec, just off the north east tip of Montreal Island where the Ottawa River empties into the Lake of Two Mountains. The town wanted to expand a golf »