May 1, 2022

May 14: On-the-land Language Learning at Elbow Lake

TTO has partnered with Kingston Indigenous Language Nest to explore the relationships between Kanyen’kéha and Anishinaabemowin through nature, games and music at Elbow Lake Education Centre. This is a gentle and fun opportunity for beginners to explore language in a family friendly environment!

Language activities will take place 10am-12pm.

Lunch provided 12pm-1pm.

Transportation support may be provided. Contact events@kenhteke.org to inquire.

Register with Eventbrite. 

March 21, 2022

Language and Cultural Awareness Month

We have lots of exciting events planned for Language and Cultural Awareness Month!

To register for any of these events, please contact events@kenhteke.org

All events will be shared via the TTO Facebook Page. Follow us or email tto@kenhteke.org to stay in the loop with our e-newsletters!

March 21, 2022

Community Radio Survey

It is the intent of TTO to establish an Indigenous (Type B Native) Radio undertaking for the benefit of our community. This survey will help to inform the reach and the programming to be provided.

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete and your name will be entered into a draw to win a radio! The winner will be chosen by live, random draw on Monday, March 28th at noon.

The survey is now closed. Nyá:wen to all who provided feedback.

February 21, 2022

Six Strings Premiere

Six Strings is a Kanyen’kéha (Mohawk Language) short film based on the Council Minutes of 1800. The film was directed by Bawaadan Collective and shot in Kenhtè:ke (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory) with a cast entirely from the community.

We were proud to premiere this incredible project along with a cast & crew panel discussion to a nearly full house at the Regent Theatre in Picton on February 21, 2022.

February 11, 2022

Seeking Fundraising Committee Members

Do you enjoy fundraising and event planning?

TTO is seeking members for a Fundraising Committee to help plan and organize annual fundraising events in support of our programs.

If you are interested, please email tto@kenhteke.org to request an application package.

February 11, 2022

Shatiwennkará:tats Registration Open

Applications are now open for the Shatiwennkará:tats Certificate in Mohawk Language and Culture 2022-24 cohort. This is a part-time adult language program delivered as a collaboration between TTO and Queen’s University.

The deadline for applications is April 29, 2022. Please contact tto@kenhteke.org for more information or to request an application package.

February 1, 2022

Festival Players: Indigenous Theatre Creator

The Festival Players of Prince Edward County in collaboration with TTO is accepting applications for the inaugural Indigenous Theatre Creator Position for 2022. TTO will assist with evaluation of applications.

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2022. Please send a resume and a maximum one-page artistic statement describing the piece you would like to create to Associate Artistic Director Dylan Trowbridge at: dylan@festivalplayers.ca

December 17, 2021

Healing through Storytelling Short Film

This film was produced as part of the Healing through Storytelling project. The project offered mixed media art and writing workshops to residential school survivors, their families and their descendents with ties to Kenhtè:ke (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory). The project also included research from May-August 2021 to identify those from Kenhtè:ke who attended the Mohawk Institute and Shingwauk Home.

October 17, 2021

Walk for Wenjack

Join TTO as we #WALKFORWENJACK

Throughout the week of October 17-22 log your walks and help us hit our goal of 600 km, the distance Chanie Wenjack travelled.

To log your distance you can email us, phone us or fill out our google form after your walk.

You can also join our team or donate on CanadaHelps

September 30, 2021

Healing through Storytelling Book Launch

We celebrated the launch of our book, Healing Through Storytelling: Commemorating Residential School Survivors of Kenhtè:ke, Their Families, and Descendants. This book showcases the resilience of our people; and contributes to the awareness, education and understanding of a broader audience on how we are finding ways to heal from the trauma of residential schools.

September 16, 2021

Indigenous Research Methodologies Panel

Join us on September 16th from 6-8pm as our panel of Kenhtekehró:non discuss their research and effective community-based Indigenous research methodologies.
This is an online event via Zoom. Please register with tto@kenhteke.org for the link.

September 1, 2021

Architect Selected – Kenhtè:ke Language and Cultural Centre

Tsi Tyonnhéht Onkwawén:na has selected Brooke-McIlroy’s Indigenous Design Studio to oversee construction for the the proposed Kenhtè:ke Language and Cultural Centre.

The Indigenous Design Studio is led by Principal Ryan Gorrie and comprised of Indigenous architects, landscape architects, and designers who provide full-scope architectural design services with an Indigenous perspective.

This is an important step forward in the construction of the KLCC and for language revitalization in our community. This dedicated, purpose-built facility will enhance the learning experience of all Kenhtekeró:non and ensure our children are raised as Kanyen’kehà:ka. Saving our language will only happen when we have rebuilt a complete language community.  Read more about the project.

Join us for our annual NIPD celebration on Monday, June 21. Due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions all events are virtual or socially distanced.

Events on June 21

  • 12:00AM-11:59PM – Virtual 5K Fun Run
  • 10:45 – Ohén:ton Karihwatékhwen
  • 11:00 – Car Parade (Watch on Facebook Live)
  • 1:00 – Variety Show (Watch on Youtube)
  • 6:30 – Thunderwater Live Discussion (Via Zoom; registration required)

For more information about any of the events, or to register, contact trinityg@kenhteke.org or call 613-970-3045.

May 22, 2021

Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Annual Landing Celebration

Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na and the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte will be commemorating the Annual Mohawk Landing Celebration virtually on Saturday, May 22.

MBQ Facebook Page

8:00 am – Speech by Chief R. Donald Maracle

TTO Facebook Page

10:00 am – Video 1

11:00 am – Video 2

May 11, 2021

RFP: Kenhtè:ke Language and Cultural Centre

Tsi Tyonnhéht Onkwawén:na (TTO) is seeking proposals from architectural firms for the construction of a new language and cultural centre.

We propose a dedicated, purpose-built facility that enhances the learning experience of all Kenhtekeró:non and ensures our children are raised as Kanyen’kehà:ka. Only when we have a generation of mother tongue speakers can we be sure that Mohawk will continue as a living language. Saving our language will only happen when we have rebuilt a complete language community. With a young and growing population, the time has come to invest in cultural education.

May 3, 2021

1800s Video Series & Discussion Panel

Follow along with the “proceedings of an Indian Council held at the Mohawk Village Bay of Quinte on the difference existing among the Indians of that village.”
Then, join us on Wednesday May 19 from 6:30-8:00 PM for a panel discussion about the council. 

Video release schedule: May 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14 & 17
Watch on our website or on YouTube.

To register or submit questions for the virtual panel: trinityg@kenhteke.org

April 30, 2021

Pieces of Kenhtè:ke

The global pandemic has made it necessary to once again postpone our planned exhibit with the Lennox & Addington County Museum and Archives.

Nyawen’kó:wa to the community members who loaned their family heirlooms and art works for display. We are proud to offer this video gallery featuring a selection of the many wonderful pieces shared with us.

We are continuing to work with the Lennox & Addington County Museum and Archives to plan for an in-person exhibit at a future time.

April 1, 2021

Language and Cultural Awareness Month

We have lots of exciting events planned for Language and Cultural Awareness Month!

All events will be shared via the TTO Facebook Page. Follow us or email tto@kenhteke.org to stay in the loop with our e-newsletters!

March 26, 2021

Kenhtè:ke Language and Cultural Centre

TTO has convened a building committee and is now working on next steps to bring the proposed Kenhtè:ke Language and Cultural Centre to fruition. The Cultural Centre will establish a permanent home for language and culture resurgence in Kenhtè:ke and has been designed to house our school programs, an outdoor playground for the students, and a traditional replica Longhouse.

March 1, 2021

Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium

The 27th annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium will be held June 14-18, 2021. This year’s title is Global Indigineity: Languages from the Four Directions. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, SILS27 will be taking place fully online in 2021.

SILS27 will be hosted jointly by Queen’s University; Tsi Tyonnheht Onkwawenna Lanaguage and Cultural Centre, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory; and Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest (KILN) a part of the urban Indigenous community of Kingston, ON.

March 1, 2021

A Longhouse for Birdhouse City

In collaboration with a very talented community member (who wishes to remain anonymous) we are excited to donate this Longhouse to the Birdhouse City birdhouse revitalization project.
Nyawen’kó:wa to our builder, we are very proud to offer such a beautiful representation to their project. You did a fantastic job! Kwah yoyánere!

January 12, 2021

Healing Through Storytelling Kickoff

Healing Through Storytelling is a project for Residential School Survivors, their families and their descendants.

January 12 from 7-8 PM, we are hosting a virtual kick-off event and project information session with a keynote address by Sakokwenionkwas Tom Porter. This event is open to the public.

Wellness supports will be available throughout this and future events of this project.

December 18, 2020

TTO Building Committee Call for Members

We are seeking committee members to join the TTO Building Committee to support the establishment of the Kenhtè:ke Language and Cultural Centre. Expertise in construction, fundraising, language and cultural revitalization and related fields is preferred.

The role of the building committee is that of a leadership position. Committee members will assist in decision making, fundraising, and other planning activities.

Deadline for letters of application is Friday, December 18. Click here to see the full Call for Members. 

December 9, 2020

Mohawk Children’s Storybooks Published

Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na has recently published 30 new and updated children’s story and colouring books in Kanyen’keha (the Mohawk language). This includes 10 original stories by local authors and 20 stories by David Kanatawakhon previously published by the Woodland Cultural Centre.

These stories have been recorded and are now available for free as Kanyen’kéha language audiobooks.

November 2, 2020

Kenhtè:ke Mask Beading Challenge

Inspired by the Breathe. Collective, we invited artists with a connection to Kenhtè:ke to create Rotinonhsyón:ni style beaded face masks.

You can see all of the submitted masks on our online gallery.

Shelby Lisk from TVO’s Indigenous Hub published a story featuring 12 of the talented artists and the beaded masks they created. Click here to view. 

October 13, 2021

Shekyá: | Kenhtè:ke Virtual Family Tree

Join Trish Rae and Karen Lewis for an opportunity to dig deeper into your family tree. Zoom is required to participate.
Participants must register for each session by emailing tto@kenhteke.org
Shekyá: is a slang greeting used in Kenhtè:ke. It comes from the phrase “shé:kon kyá:se,” which is an informal way to say “hello cousin.”

September 14, 2020

Outdoor Learning

The pandemic has brought many changes to the way we do things at Kawenn’ón:we. We ended the 2019-20 year with online learning and now we are ready to get back to school!

In addition to new routines and increased handwashing, we will spend even more time outside in the coming school year. We purchased an outdoor classroom set to create two outdoor learning spaces to meet different needs. Nyawen’kó:wa to KC Builders for your help setting us up!

September 1, 2020

Tsatéweyenst Skátne ne Tsítha / Learning with Tsítha

Learning With Tsítha is a site dedicated to helping Kanyen’kehá:ka children and their families learn Kanyen’kéha.

There are animated stories and word games that entertain and help children with word recognition, pronunciation, grammar, spelling and math. LWT is designed for children and their families so, it works best when someone older uses the site with young ones.

We hope Learning With Tsítha helps your family find lifelong learning and enjoyment in our Kanyen’kehá:ka language and culture.

June 21, 2020

Onkwehón:we Niwenhniserò:ten

National Indigenous Peoples Day looked a little different in Tyendinaga this year. Instead of our usual celebration in Tsi Tkeritoten Park most of the events moved online to Facebook. View the schedule of events and newsletter here.

A number of participants braved the heat to complete the 5K Virtual Fun Run and 19 cars joined TTO staff and Board members, Tyendinaga Police Services and the Mohawk Fire Department in a car parade from Centennial Park, through the subdivision to Tsi Tkeritoten Park.

May 19, 2020

Staying Connected

Greg and Lisa Sexsmith generously donated a class set of tablets to Kawenna’ón:we Primary School. The tablets will be used to support students with distance learning and help them stay connected to their teachers and classmates during the pandemic.

Nyawen’kó:wa Greg and Lisa!

March 31, 2020

Supporting Our Students and Families

During this challenging time, TTO wants to ensure our students and their families have everything they need to stay safe, healthy and engaged.

Our teachers are busy producing online learning supports and preparing activity packages to send to students. With funding from our partners at the First Nations Student Nutrition Program and Food For Learning, we can provide families with grocery gift cards to supplement their budgets until the end of the school year.

March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Office Closure

Due to the risk presented by COVID-19, the TTO office will be closed to the public until further notice. Staff are still available to assist with inquiries via email. Read the full statement below.

TTO COVID-19 Statement

January 6, 2020

Call for Applications, Board of Directors

TTO is seeking dedicated and engaged individuals to join our Board of Directors.

This is the role for you if you are:

  • Passionate about revitalizing Kanyen’kéha language and cultural identity in Kenhtè:ke
  • Seeking a rewarding experience with opportunities for personal growth
  • Committed to active and regular participation and community engagement
  • Interested in being part of decisions that shape TTO’s programming

To apply please fill out the application linked below and email to tto@kenhteke.org.

TTO BOD Application