Eastern Townships, Montréal, Montérégie

Memory Lane

Historically, the southwest of Quebec (including Montreal)  was an important route for nomadic Indigenous people. Today, Mohawks are the guardians and guides of this important part of Indigenous history. When settlers in then-New France first encountered  those living where they sought to explore, the European newcomers referred to them as “Mohawks.” Today, the Mohawk and Huron-Wendat Nations are the keepers of the Iroquois language in Quebec. South of the Iroquoian village of Hochelaga (where Montreal was later founded), the Montérégie and Cantons-de-l’Est regions were important transit and trade areas. Today, three Mohawk communities still honour their Iroquois identity by way of traditional celebrations, such as annual Pow Wows and land and water ceremonies. Akwesasne, Kahnawake, and Kanesatake are the go-to villages for discovering the beauty and vitality of Mohawk culture. Mohawks are the second-largest Indigenous nations in Quebec.

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Communities

Akwesasne

Fondée au milieu du 18e siècle par des familles mohawks, cette large communauté de 14 000 personnes vit à cheval sur la limite de l’Ontario et l’État de New York en Montérégie. La communauté à la riche histoire a été pionnière en fondant le premier système juridique autochtone.

Kahnawake

La communauté mohawk Kahnawake, qui signifie place of rapids est située sur la Rive-Sud du fleuve Saint-Laurent. Elle comprend trois lieux historiques nationaux du Canada et les deux langues parlées sont l’anglais et le mohawk.

Kanesatake

À la confluence de la rivière des Outaouais et du lac Deux-Montagnes, enclavé dans la ville d’Oka, se trouve la petite communauté mohawk Kanesatake. Elle est composée de plus de 2000 personnes, dont 1350 sur la communauté.