Our History

Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na (TTO) was established in 2000 by a group of community members concerned with the revitalization of the Mohawk language in Tyendinaga. Our name means keeping the words alive. Our services include a nursery program, a Mohawk immersion elementary school, an adult learning program, and other community resources. We are a not-for-profit serving the Tyendinaga community and all of those seeking to learn about our proud culture.

Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na (TTO) rotikwatákwen ne 2000 shiyohserò:ten ne kanakeráhsera nikentyohkò:ten roti’nikòn:rhare ne aonsayónnhete ne Kanyen’kéha Tsi Tkenhtè:ke. Onkwahsén:na ne kén:ton yonnhétye ne owén:na. Onkwaya’takehnha’tshera’shón:’a né:’e ne nihonnà:sa yonteweyenhstáhkwa, ronatehyà:ron yonteweyenhstáhkwa, táhnon ó:ya nikaya’takehnha’tsherò:tens.

Welcome to Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na

Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na believes the world is made better by Kanyen’kehà:ka culture, knowledge, and ways of knowing. Each day, we work to share and preserve our culture for generations to come, creating a better future for all. We welcome Kanyen’kehà:ka, settlers, and all on Turtle Island to learn about our past, experience our present, and join in our bright future.

Vision Our language is the precious and essential foundation of our Kenhte’kéha identity as a healthy, vibrant and distinct people: yesterday, today and into the future.

Mission Together, the people of Kenhtè:ke will continuously raise up Kanyen’kéha to bring life to the language through our living culture(s).

Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na tyonkwehtáhkwen tsi sénha yoyánere ón:ton tsi ohwentsyá:te ahse’kén Kanyen’kehá:ka tsi niyonkwarihò:ten, onkwateryen’tarà:tshera táhnon tsi niyohtányon yonkwateryèn:tare. Teyethinonhwerá:tons ne Kanyen’kehá:ka, sahontená:tayen, táhnon akwé:kon a’nowarè:ke ratì:teron ne ahatiweyentéhta’ne onkwá:wen wahón:nise aorihwà:ke, nahotiyà:tawen ne onkwá:wen onwa’kéha, táhnon ayonkhiyatya’tárhahse ne onkwá:wen teyohswáthe ohén:ton yawenhniseratenyóntye.

Onkwatetshénhsera: Onkwawén:na táhnon tsi niyonkwarihò:ten né:’e tsi tyotahsawáhkwen tsi yonkwaterihwahtentyasehátye ne onkwatónnhets, onkwa’nikòn:ra, yakwaya’tà:ke táhnon tsi niyakyonnhò:ten. Yakwahská:neks kanakerahserá:kon enwá:ton Onkwehonwehnéha enwátston ne akwé:kon tsi niyontyérha tsi niwenhníserehs.

Yakwanyén:te: Teyakwarihokwáhtha táhnon yakwanorónhstha ne Onkwehonwehnéha

Our Strategic Plan