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.

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Montreal gallery strings beadwork from past to now in new exhibition

Montreal's La Guilde gallery is bringing together the work of 11 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists who have developed their own artistic techniques around beadwork.

120 years of Indian day schools leave a dark legacy in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory

This month, the Federal Court of Canada will be asked to approve a settlement in a class-action lawsuit against the federal government to compensate for harms suffered by students who were forced to attend Indian day schools. Kahnawake, Que., had the second-highest number of day schools in the country.

Kahnawake man acquitted on Quebec tax charge, prepares for constitutional challenge on federal charges

Derek White and Hunter Montour, both 48, were being tried for allegedly smuggling tobacco from the United States and evading millions of dollars in taxes that should have been paid to the provincial and federal governments.

Edith Anderson Monture: the 1st First Nations registered nurse in Canada

May 8 is Indigenous Nurses Day. Edith Monture, a Mohawk woman from Six Nations, Ont., was the first First Nations woman to become a registered nurse in Canada and she served in the First World War.

Supreme Court will not hear Quebec community's case seeking Métis rights

The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the appeal of a Quebec group seeking recognition of Métis rights to occupy hunting camps on public lands.

Quebec community looks to the Supreme Court of Canada for recognition of Métis rights

A Quebec group in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region is hoping the Supreme Court of Canada will hear their case asserting Métis rights under section 35 of the Constitution to continue occupying their camps on public land for hunting, fishing, and trapping.

Kahnawake men on trial for organized crime charges from SQ's largest tobacco smuggling bust

A jury will begin deliberations next week in the trial of two Mohawk men from Kahnawake, Que., facing charges in connection with the Sûreté du Québec's largest operation targeting a cross-border contraband tobacco ring.

Mohawk police say Kahnawake couple reported missing in U.S. has been found

The Kahnawake Mohawk Peacekeepers say two people from Kahnawake, Que., who had been missing for a week have been found.

Title-holding Akwesasne twins set their sights on 2020 Olympics wrestling

Thomas and Phillip Barreiro hold Canadian championships in their respective Greco-Roman wrestling weight classes. Now they're training to represent the country in international competitions, with the goal of qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

McGill dumps Redmen team name after calls from Indigenous community

Montreal's McGill University has announced it will change the name of its men's varsity sports teams — the Redmen — after Indigenous students, faculty and staff said the name is discriminatory.

Indigenous community at Concordia recommends steps for university to decolonize and Indigenize

The university's Indigenous Directions Leadership Group released an action plan to to improve the experiences of Indigenous students enrolled, Indigenous faculty and staff employed, and the university’s relationship with Indigenous communities in and around the city.

Father and son Mohawk ironworkers help raise record-breaking roller coaster

Ironwork has been a longstanding tradition for many Mohawk communities. It's no different for Kyle and Kim Baptiste from Tyendinaga. The father and son duo have built structures across Ontario, including the newest coaster at Canada's Wonderland.

Lack of police co-operation 'slowed' work for MMIWG inquiry, says chief commissioner

Chief commissioner Marion Buller told a group a students in Kahnawake, Que., Thursday that there was push back to the inquiry, including from police services such as the RCMP.

Artist draws inspiration from Haudenosaunee beadwork for McCord Museum residency

Multidisciplinary visual artist Hannah Claus is exhibiting her latest work in there’s a reason for our connection as a part of the sixth edition of the McCord Museum's artist-in-residence program.

Indigenous women 'overlooked' in federal budget, says NWAC president

The Native Women's Association of Canada says the federal budget fails Indigenous women for not providing dedicated funding for Indigenous women’s organizations.