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It’s an opportunity to talk about and celebrate Indigenous Canadian writers and connect readers with their stories. Web Cash vouchers are used for cash deposits, and are not considered tokens. The only difference between Web Cash and paying with a Credit Card/Interac/EFT deposit is the Non-Withdrawable stipulation added to Web Cash deposits. Yes, purchases with Web Cash count towards all promotional spend requirements on PlayNow. Once deposited into your account, the cash can be used towards any product available on PlayNow. Yes, Web Cash may be subject to credit card fees depending on your credit card provider. Web Cash funds can be used to play all games available on PlayNow.com. Web Cash can be used to play all the games you love. Get a roundup of the most important and intriguing national stories delivered to your inbox every weekday. “It started off almost as if it was in someone’s basement,” said Paul Graif, the station news director. KAHNAWAKE — Lance Delisle continued to tear into the wall of K103.7’s offices with a mallet, covering his hands with insulation, searching for a small package that he couldn’t find. Kenneth Deer launched the paper in 1992, largely out of disgust at how Mohawks were portrayed during the Oka confrontation two years earlier. In the summer of 1990, Mohawks and non-natives were locked in a series of standoffs triggered by a land dispute at Oka. Kahnawake is a Mohawk community near Montreal known for producing courageous steel workers who construct tall buildings and for harbouring lucrative Internet gambling and cigarette enterprises that exist in legal limbo. Some reconstruction work may be required if they use this building for anything else in the future. One of the last official things done at the old office was to open a time capsule sealed into a wall of the reception area in 1991. The radiothon brought in almost $80,000 in honoured pledges, enough to buy all-new equipment.

  • He is an angry young man with razor-sharp wits and humour, who came of age during the Oka crisis, among tanks, hip-hop and speedmetal.
  • The station’s niche also remains untouched, which has focused on Mohawk culture while being accessible to the greater English-speaking community.
  • Many Mohawks feel they’ve been portrayed unfairly in big media.
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Diabo, Moses and White each championed a book at Turtle Island Reads, which was hosted by CBC’s Sonali Karnick, BA 00, and Waubgeshig Rice. All three took part in Turtle Island Reads at the Kahnawake Survival School in the Kahnawake First Nations reserve in Quebec this fall. The event was streamed live by the CBC and inspired by CBC’s Canada Reads. To bring awareness and historical meaning to the role of psychological services in the growth of Kahnawake Shakotiia’takéhnhas Community Services in undoing colonialization. All meat pies will be donated to the KSCS Christmas Basket. Please carpool if you can as there isn’t much available parking. Come join the Parenting team from FWC and Vanessa Rice from the KMHC for a day of discussions and interactions in a friendly, relaxed environment. Mental health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until the appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. The Brown Bag Lunch is a place for parents to share their concerns and ask questions regarding parenting. This is also the chance for them to express what topics they would like to have offered to them based on their needs. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. The program will run for six weeks beginng Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Childcare and breakfast are provided and transportation can be arranged as well. As part of the Spirit of Wellness month, this is a free event; however, there will be additional remedies, supplements, and oils available for purchase. This 15-hour training is certified by LivingWorks Canada. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. Rather than ending his life in self-blame and regret, Gabriel embarks on a whole new journey, after jumping in the water to save a group of people from drowning. Gage is a lover of film and filmmaking, and this fall, he is beginning work towards earning a Master’s degree in First Peoples’ literature at Concordia University. “Books are a good way of knowing Indigenous people, and this event celebrates their voices.” Three advocates will each champion one book of fiction written by an Indigenous Canadian author and try to persuade members of our live audience to make that book the next one on their reading list. The event is a CBC collaboration with community leaders on the Kahnawake Mohawk territory, the Quebec Writers’ Federation and McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas.

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The new place is all on the ground floor, making it wheelchair accessible. This is important because the aging population found it more and more difficult to climb the stairs to the offices to do things like buy their weekly bingo cards. In researching this story, I looked back at Gazette archives, and found references to the idea of moving to a new building as far back as the mid-1990s. Balls come out randomly from a machine and numbers are read over the air. Christine, community worker extraordinaire, mother and TV host, paddles across the St-Lawrence in her canoe and has been the host of Friday night’s Radio Bingo since she was sixteen, for a total of twenty-three years of radio. She’s a hero in town and a lucid, intelligent, deeply involved citizen. There are parts of K103’s history in the new building as well. Photos of the station’s founder and first station manager Conway Jocks, who died in 2007, as well as former on-air personality Jesse Deer, who died in 2009, hang on the wall. I couldn’t say that the old building was literally falling apart. But to get to the old studios you had to climb an outdoor wooden staircase or go up the fire escape in the back. Air conditioning was reserved for the equipment, not the staff. And space was at a premium, with a single broadcast studio and another for producing ads and promos. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is a two day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop-ASIST can be learned and used by anyone. A quirky documentary portrait of the disk jockeys of K103.7 FM, the radio station that broadcasts from Kahnawake, Quebec, the Mohawk reserve that sits twenty minutes away from downtown Montreal. Mr. Deer’s fledgling business installing pools and patios in Montreal suburbs was bankrupted by barricades and hostility from non-natives who no longer wanted to do business with Mohawks. He ran the paper with volunteers and donated equipment until it made enough money to hire staff. Mr. Deer sold the weekly two years ago to another local publisher. The K103 radiothon raised the equivalent of more than $10 for every resident of the reserve. That says something about this community’s commitment to this radio station — and by extension, to itself. Posts that used to be used for telephone lines are set up in the engineering room to connect audio lines. Michel Mathieu says he prefers this setup for its simplicity.Billy Shields of Global News interviews grand chief Mike Delisle about what the station means to the community.Supplies for radio bingo, K103’s big money-maker. The funding paid for the building, but not the equipment inside it. For this community where tradition is so important, the move of K103 to a new building in July was bittersweet, even if it was a long time coming. However, a litany of cultural and family loss and the abuse he suffered at residential school lead him into alcoholism. Saul’s ensuing search for healing points to the importance of community and of knowing your own story. On Wednesday, Sept. 21, CBC’s Sonali Karnick and Waubkeshig Rice will co-host Turtle Island Reads — a live public event at Kahnawake Survival School, highlighting stories written by and about Indigenous Canadians. The newspaper helps dampen rumours and air debates that divide the community, in addition to offering a Mohawk perspective on events, Mr. Deer said. Mr. Bird’s arrival last April gave a jolt of big-city energy to the station, but it was also a departure for Mohawk media and was not universally embraced. Some Mohawks feared the station would chase lucrative Montreal advertisers and audience.

KKIC broadcasts from underground, but another Mohawk radio station is reaching for the mainstream. Lodged in the attic of a former cultural centre, K103 Radio is the oldest of Kahnawake’s broadcasters and will mark its 30th anniversary in March. Bring your lunch and come share in the discussions. This is a drop-in, so you can drop by anytime between the hours listed below. The group will meet weekly at the Language Nest for eight sessions beginning Thursday, October 17, 2019 and ending on Thursday, December 12, 2019. Groups will be held in the same building as the women’s group but in different rooms and with different facilitators.

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Eight months into the experiment, online forums where Mr. Bird’s arrival was debated have cooled considerably. The morning show is now peppered with ads from a garage, a jeweller and a courier company, all businesses based in Montreal that Mr. Bird wooed. Concrete results are hard to determine because the station can’t afford to pay thousands of dollars to measure ratings. Ted Bird’s departure from CHOM, one of Montreal’s powerhouse FM stations, left him looking for a job. He went to K103 for “five times the fun at one-fifth the salary,” he says, in an attempt to get away from strictly regimented corporate radio.

ASIST is for everyone 16 or older- regardless of prior experience- who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community. ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. Throughout July & August 2011 for six, 1-hour specials on local food, film & music. The content displayed on Firmania consists of information from third parties, among others from publicly accessible sources, or from customers, who have a presentation page in the Cylex Business Directory. Cylex cannot be held responsible or liable for the accuracy, correctness, usefulness or reliability of the data. The brand names, logos, images and texts are the property of these third parties and their respective owners. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this matter, you are welcome to contact our customer support team. The station’s niche also remains untouched, which has focused on Mohawk culture while being accessible to the greater English-speaking community. For many Mohawks in Kahnawake, just the presence of the radio station was a landmark. But moving into its new and relatively palatial surroundings was a dream come true. “Whether it’s the bingo or reading the birthdays or keeping the families of steelworkers involved in 9/11 informed, the fact we’re here to serve 8,000 people is not a weakness,” he said. It beams a weak signal across the St. Lawrence River into much of the English-speaking half of Montreal. The station is trying to capitalize on the potentially lucrative reach by scooping up one of Montreal’s best-known morning men. While most of the stations and news outlets tend to play by standard rules of broadcast and journalism, it wouldn’t be Kahnawake without at least one jurisdictional conflict with the feds. “Our nature as Mohawks is that we want to be in charge of our own devices,” said Greg Horn, a young journalist who has worked at the newspaper and started an independent news website, kahnawakenews.com. “We want to hear our own music, our own language, we want to employ our own people.” The number of media outlets in Kahnawake are also a reflection of a stormy history with the outside world. Many Mohawks feel they’ve been portrayed unfairly in big media. Kahnawake is also a town of 8,000 people with a roster of print and broadcast outlets that would be the envy of many cities 10 times larger. A thriving economy humming next to Canada’s second-biggest city combined with a fierce Mohawk independent streak have helped create a small-town media hotbed. Our playlist stores a K103.7 FM – CKRK track list for the past 7 days. Its signal reaches well into the West Island and parts west and south of Mount Royal.

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They’re much more spacious and have brand-new equipment. The fact that more people have offices is also a definite plus. “At first, it was daunting to be attending classes in skyscrapers and walking among thousands of other students — whom, in a certain mindset, you might consider your competitors. You quickly realize, though, that the key to navigating such a great big world is to find — or, better yet, create — your own niche. Your niche is what gives university life a human face, one that seems less overwhelming,” says Diabo. “Speaking just as a literature buff, there’s currently this massive and ever-growing pool of indigenous novels, poems and plays out there; the trick is finding out what they are and where to find them,” he says. Please let us know if you are interested in taking this training. The 14-hour course is certified by Mental Health First Aid Canada and you will receive a certificate from the Commission. We will be hosting a Mental Health First Aid for adults who interact with youth training for community members and those affiliated with our community. KSCS offices will be closed for Remembrance Day on Monday, November 11, 2019. Please take the time to remember and honour our veterans on this day. “I didn’t discover these books when I was in high school. And there’s a part of my identity as a First Nations kid that I would have been more comfortable with if I had.” “These stories need to be heard by everybody to understand the history of this land and to give context to who we are across Turtle Island.” Andy, self-proclaimed “shmoehawk”, a Jewish professional wrestler of 230lbs and country DJ at The K. Andy was cheered along by all of Kahnawake as he defeated the legendary King-Kong Bundy on the local wrestling ring . Your account balance is now $25; making the Non-Withdrawable Cash Balance $25. Deposits made via Web Cash are credited to a Non-Withdrawable Cash balance. You are required to wager an equivalent amount on PlayNow products before Web Cash deposits can be withdrawn from your account. Web Cash is the latest way to fund your PlayNow.com account and is available at select lottery kiosks and Husky stores throughout the province of British Columbia. Web Cash can be purchased for $25 each and allows you to pre-pay with cash, debit or credit to fund your PlayNow.com account. This website is using a security service to protect itself from online attacks.

The action you just performed triggered the security solution. There are several actions that could trigger this block including submitting a certain word or phrase, a SQL command or malformed data. He spoke while sitting at the controls of the station’s brand new three-studio complex, a milestone of its own. “When the time capsule was put into the wall, I don’t think any of us thought we would be opening the time capsule,” Delisle said afterward. Lance Delisle takes a hammer to the wall in search of a time capsule from 1991 in Kahnawake, Que. on July 11, 2014. Lance Delisle, the morning traffic man who has been at K103 since the beginning, says even if the station starts drawing larger non-native audiences, it will never lose its true Mohawk character. A sign that donors during the radiothon were invited to sign hangs in the lobby of the new building. All-new equipment at the new studios, including new sound boards. White, Diabo and Moses all chose books that are close to their hearts.


On top of the TV channels and three radio stations, Kahnawake has three print news operations, including two websites and a newspaper. The broadcasters and other news outlets are small and run on commitment, from low-paid staff, local advertisers and an audience that keeps one station going with a weekly radio bingo game. Blake, the main daytime radio host, aka DJ Budda Blaze by night, is a hip-hop scientist extraordinaire and a founding member of FBI. He is an angry young man with razor-sharp wits and humour, who came of age during the Oka crisis, among tanks, hip-hop and speedmetal. His father and brothers all worked high steel in New York, but Blake’s only passion has been music, since age eleven. Nowadays he breathes hip-hop, eats vinyl records and churns out tons of beats from his home-made studio in his small house. He grooms his mohawk carefully, and is one of the few young people in town who still speak the Mohawk language. Friday night radio bingo is K103’s biggest revenue source. A pirate radio station, called KKIC, broadcasts 24-hour country music. It was launched from the basement of the proprietor’s house without CRTC approval. The owners weren’t available for interviews, but local news media have described a constant back and forth between the CRTC and the operators since the station was launched earlier this year. I talk about the K103 station move, as well as two other radio stations on Mohawk reserves near Montreal — KIC Country (CKKI-FM 89.9) and Kanesatake United Voices Radio (CKHQ-FM 101.7) in this story, which appears in Saturday’s Gazette. Sonny Joe is a retired steelworker-turned DJ who plays vintage jazz and country to a mesmerized audience on anything from vinyl to eight-track cassettes. He is in his seventies, has Duke Ellington class, humour, charm, and a house filled with thousands of records. His life went from a happy childhood in a traditional home on the St-Lawrence River, to forced residential school in Ontario and to losing the family home when the Canada Seaway was built in the sixties. After years of high steel work in Manhattan and some heavy drinking, he conquered it all back with music. He hasn’t touched a drop of alcohol in decades, and from the backdoor of the studio at the K he can see the land where his house once stood. Huge boats go by to the sounds of Benny Goodman and Hank Williams, as Sonny Joe taps his foot. While the radio stations have undeniable reach, the Eastern Door newspaper is the information backbone of the community. 7 PM ET 7 PM MT 10 PM CT 7 PM ET |Waves Across the Seaway – A quirky portrait of the DJs who work at K103.7 FM broadcasting from Kahnawake, Quebec, the Mohawk reserve that sits twenty minutes away from downtown Montreal. Bingo, native rights, hip-hop and wrestling are all in the mix at this one-of-a-kind community radio station. It’s a small town with one ice cream shop but two TV channels, a place where radio stations outnumber hardware stores. The reception area in the new building.The K103 studio opening was a big event for the community.The hallway at K103, with pictures marking its history on the wall, including founder Conway Jocks and the late Jesse Deer. Everyone was excited about the new building, the increased space, the new equipment.