Gau-neh-gau-no-ron (Kanienkeha/Mohawk):

water is precious 

The intention behind Kahnekanoron is to support Indigenous womxn and 2SLGBTQQIAAP+ water protectors through ancestrally inherited teachings on our relations as onkwehonwe (original peoples) with the natural world, specifically regarding the waters. Water is cleansing. It is healing. It is powerful. Water finds its way around boundaries and barriers, bringing life everywhere it is present. 

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Kahnekanoron consists of 4 workshops offered over the fall and winter terms in relation with McMaster University Indigenous Student Services. Student participants will engage in conversation with Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe community Elders, and Knowledge Keepers, teachers, and artists to learn more about our responsibilities as onkwehonwe (original people) with regards to water, as well as settler imposed “rights” including those acquired through treaty and relations with colonial governments such as Canada and intergovernmental organizations including the United Nations. Lessons will occur on the land, waters, and in the classrooms of Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory protected by the Dish with One Spoon agreement. 

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