Gau-neh-gau-no-ron (Kanien'keha/Mohawk):

water is precious 

Kahnekanoron works to support Indigenous women and TwoSpirit/Queer folks who are food and medicine growers, harvesters and nurturers. We offer space to grow our ancestrally and familial inherited foods and medicines while sharing teachings and skills around our foods and medicines with each other.


The name of the program "Kahnekanoron" is Kanien'kéha (Mohawk language) meaning "water is precious". This is an affirmation reminding us that water, present in everything, is sacred - and so are you, me, every being, all of us. When we remember this, we walk the world with a good mind. 

Kahnekanoron offers two cycles of programming a year. Programming is guided by our seasonal responsibilities and learning interests, needs, and desires of Kahnekanoron kin. Previous program offerings have included harvesting and processing tomatoes and Haudenosaunee varieties of corn, self-care focused beadwork sessions, medicine exchanges, lessons in hide tanning, activities on identifying trees in winter,

and more!

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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