Jessica Deer


Jessica Deer is Kanien’kehá:ka from Kahnawake. She works in CBC's Indigenous unit based in Montreal. Email her at or follow her on Twitter @Kanhehsiio.

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Community members express concern as retailers in Kahnawake reopen

Retailers in Kahnawake, a Mohawk community south of Montreal, were given the green light to reopen Monday by the community's government, but some residents feel it's too soon.

Interim payments approved after delays in 60s Scoop settlement compensation draw criticism

The Federal Court has approved interim payments of $21,000 to people whose applications under the Sixties Scoop settlement have already been approved after the COVID-19 pandemic caused unexpected challenges in administering Canada's $875 million class action settlement agreement with Sixties Scoop survivors.

Kahnawake, Kanesatake businesses remain closed despite Quebec reopening

While retailers reopened in the greater Montreal area this week, two Mohawk communities will remain closed for at least another week.

Indigenous organizations in Montreal call for a delay in reopening the city

A status report published by eight organizations in Montreal that serve the city's Indigenous community says it's too soon for reopening as the city prepares to reopen stores Monday and ease restrictions.

How community support played a role in these First Nations women's recoveries from COVID-19

CBC News spoke with three First Nations women who recovered from COVID-19 about their experiences and how support from their respective communities played a role in their recovery.

Métis doctor tapped to help analyze data gaps in counting Indigenous COVID-19 cases

Indigenous Services Canada will be working with Dr. Janet Smylie on analysis of data on the novel coronavirus pandemic's impact on Indigenous communities, in an effort to address some of the data gaps that exist between Indigenous populations on and off reserve.

Over 450 Indigenous COVID-19 cases across Canada and 7 deaths, reports Yellowhead Institute

There are at least 465 Indigenous COVID-19 cases across 42 communities and seven virus-related deaths, far above what is reported by Indigenous Services Canada, according to a report released Tuesday by the Yellowhead Institute.

With the goal of better representation in media, this college is launching an Indigenous cinema program

Kiuna College hopes to play an active role in the emergence of the next generation of Indigenous filmmakers and creators.

Data gaps exist on COVID-19 cases in Indigenous communities, says research fellow

The number of cases of COVID-19 in First Nations reserves continues to rise this week, with 161 confirmed positive cases reported as of May 5.

DJ blasts music from the parking lot for elders in Kahnawake hospital

With restrictions on visitors at long-term care facilities across Quebec, a son played music for his father and other residents at the Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre from the parking lot.

Most First Nations elementary schools to stay closed as Quebec moves to reopen

As Quebec plans to reopen elementary schools in the coming weeks, most First Nations-run schools in the province say they’re staying closed for the remainder of the school year.

'Warrior Up' COVID-19 PSA features well-known Indigenous actors, artists, and leaders

A new campaign by U.S.-based group IllumiNative is raising awareness of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic’s impact on Indigenous communities.

Indigenous artists explore kinship at 5th edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial

Indigenous artists are exploring, recognizing and appreciating kinship in the 5th edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA) in Montreal, though this year's programming is being moved online.

Mohawk community of Akwesasne opens its own COVID-19 testing site

People in Akwesasne will now be able to get tested for the novel coronavirus without leaving the community, thanks to a new mobile testing clinic.

Curfews, lockdowns, and checkpoints: How First Nations are grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic

While the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increases in First Nations across the country, some communities have issued lockdowns, erected checkpoints, and implemented curfews to curb the spread of the pandemic.