Sharing stories and thoughts on community issues
Kahnawake Voices is an interactive community project where individuals can share their personal stories, thoughts and experiences on the evictions and the larger issues of membership and identity. People may post their stories as notes on the bulletin board, listen to audio recordings, follow the progress of the project and the issue in the blog and view editorial cartoons by artist Jesse Bochner.
The project was inspired by the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake's delivery of eviction notices to non-native partners residing in the community in February 2010. The current Kahnawake Membership Law and a 1981 moratorium on mixed marriages do not allow non-natives to reside in the community. The Membership Law is now being reviewed and Council is calling on the community for input on the matter. With the delivery of the eviction notices, a local issue quickly became national news but the stories and voices of many went untold. This site is a space for those voices to be heard.
The goal of the project is to create a dialogue and aid in community building by focusing on personal accounts rather than debating a position on the issue.
Although anonymous contributions are welcome, everyone is encouraged to include their name, own their voice and be proud of the story that they choose to share.
The long-term vision of Kahnawake Voices is to further develop the site as a place where Kahnawake:ronon can create and share audio/visual content about their lives, history and culture.
Ota Nda Yanaan - We Are Here
Métis Communities in Cyberspace
Ota nda yanaan-We are here is a prototype site, the opening chapter of a larger web project which aims to celebrate Métis culture and life-ways through stories, the Michif language and community maps.
It was created by Michelle Smith to contribute to the preservation, revitalization and accessibility of Michif, the language of the Métis of North America. He wanted to foreground the stories and knowledge of those who still speak it, so that this cultural legacy wouldn't be lost.