Healing Through Storytelling Kickoff – January 12, 2021

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.

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

TTO Building Committee Call for Members – December 18, 2020

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. 

Thirty Mohawk Children’s Books Published – December 9, 2020

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.

We are giving away 6,000 copies (200 copies per book) of these original and updated works to schools, libraries and other community organizations in Tyendinaga, Toronto, Brantford, Buffalo, Montréal, Akwesasne, Kahnawake, Kanehsatake, Wahta, Ohsweken, Kanatsiohareke, and Ganienkeh.

See the full media release here.

Kenhtè:ke Mask Beading Challenge – November 2, 2020

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

The challenge runs from November 2 to December 17 at noon. All submissions will be entered into a random prize draw for a cozy-night-in goody basket.

Update:

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. 

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

Outdoor Learning – September 14, 2020

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 OutClass 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.

We look forward to welcoming the children back later this month.

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.

Staying Connected – May 19, 2020

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!

Supporting Our Students and Families – March 31, 2020

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.

COVID-19 Office Closure – March 17, 2020

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

Call for Applications, Board of Directors – January 6, 2020

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.

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