Jessica Deer


Jessica Deer is Kanien’kehá:ka from Kahnawake. A former staff reporter for the Eastern Door, she works in CBC's Indigenous unit based in Montreal. Email her at or follow her on Twitter @Kanhehsiio.

Latest from Jessica Deer

Man's fight for daughter's status highlights remaining inequities in Indian Act registration

Karl Hele’s daughter was denied Indian status because his mother voluntarily enfranchised in 1965. But if his mother had been enfranchised due to marriage, her granddaughter would now be eligible for status.

Algonquin community calls for moose hunting moratorium in Quebec wildlife reserve

The Algonquins of Barriere Lake say the moose population in the La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve is in decline, and want a moratorium on sport hunting until the area is surveyed.

Meet 5 Indigenous youth who are spreading hope in communities on World Suicide Prevention Day

The youth are among over 30 Ambassadors of Hope at We Matter, an Indigenous youth-led non-profit.

Dior pulls ad for Sauvage perfume amid criticism over Indigenous imagery

Dior has pulled a new advertisement for its Sauvage perfume amid criticism over its use of Indigenous imagery.

Some First Nations tighten membership criteria in response to Bill S-3's extension of Indian status

Some First Nations are tightening their membership and residency codes against the thousands of people across Canada who could potentially gain Indian status as a result of recent changes to remove remaining sex-based discrimination from the Indian Act.

'Time is running out,' say '60s Scoop advocates as deadline to apply for compensation approaches

As the deadline approaches to the year-long claims process for Canada's settlement agreement with Sixties Scoop survivors, advocates are worried some adoptees will be left out.

Meet the Cree artist behind the 'Bead This In Your Style' challenge

Saige Mukash only started beading a few years ago, but is inspiring bead artists from across North America with the launch of a design challenge.

Kanesatake traditional government lists its demands for Ottawa to resolve land dispute

The traditional governing body in Kanesatake, Que., has a long list of demands for the federal government to resolve the Mohawk community’s 301-year-old land dispute.

Federal Court approves Indian day schools class-action settlement

The Federal Court of Canada has approved the settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the government to compensate thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children who attended federally operated Indian day schools.

Kanesatake's 301-year-old land dispute highlights flaws in Canada's Specific Claims Policy

Solving the land dispute has been of the highest importance to the Mohawk community, but it hasn’t been an easy process between federal bureaucracy, confidentiality clauses and ongoing development in the area.

Hannah Tooktoo returns to hero's welcome after 8-week bicycle journey for suicide prevention

Dozens of supporters welcomed Hannah Tooktoo back to Montreal on Thursday afternoon after the 24-year-old Inuk student spent the past two months biking across Canada to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

Oka resolutions have no impact on Kanesatake, says Mohawk community's grand chief

Kanesatake's grand chief says three resolutions passed by the municipal council in neighbouring Oka, Que., for a slew of requests to the federal and provincial governments regarding the Mohawk community will have "little to no impact."

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

Historical and contemporary examples from several First Nations traditions are part of the Essence and Regalia exhibition at the Ashukan Cultural Space in Montreal.

Please take your Indian name: Artist explores beauty, humour, and identity politics in Montreal exhibition

Atikamekw artist Meky Ottawa's exhibition Nehirowisidigital is part of the programming for the upcoming Montreal First Peoples Festival.

Museum offers a glimpse into Abenaki way of life during the 19th century

A new building constructed outside of the Abenaki Museum in Odanak, Que., will represent a historical dwelling community members would have lived in during the 19th century.