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. 

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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Kahnekanoron invites registration for the Winter 2020 cycle of the program! Kahnekanoron works to provide a safe(r) space for Indigenous womxn and 2SLGBTQ+ community members within Hamilton, ON, to connect further with place-based water teachings through a community-care lens. 


What is community-care? Community-care involves the ways we take care of our individual selves, and the needs of the communities we find our selves part of, and responsible to. When we take care of our selves, we are contributing to the wellness of our communities. When we take on responsibilities within our communities, we are taking care of the collective, our selves included. Community-care recognizes the interconnected nature of individual and collective wellness weaving together human and more-than-human communities.


Kahnekanoron brings together water work (including teachings, songs, and ceremony) with community-care (environmental social justice work, self-care, collective healing) in hopes of opening up conversations around our connections with water, and the importance of healing for and with our communities of human and more-than-human beings.


This cycle will be lead by Grandmother Renee Thomas Hill, wellness counsellor Brittany Vincze, and Indigenous Sustenance Reclamation Network Hamilton regional coordinator Sonia Hill.


Sessions are scheduled for 5:00pm - 8:00pm on the following dates:


Wednesday January 29

Thursday February 13

Thursday February 27

Thursday March 12


Location: L.R. Wilson 1811 Ceremonial Space. McMaster University

Kahnekanoron Call for Participants Poste