MOHK related information

This page will provide you with links to study tools for the Mohawk language and give additional information about history and culture, as well as provide you with links regarding Indigenous Studies.

Students taking Mohawk have a few ways to expand their knowledge of the language and Indigenous cultures. They can participate in the events organized by the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre, get involved with the Native Student Club, or volunteer at Kingston Indigenous community organizations.

Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

The Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre, or 4D as it is affectionately called, strives to be a home away from home, a hub of activity and a key resource for Queen's Indigenous students. The Centre offers academic tutoring and advising, cultural programming, an Indigenous-focused library, and a range of workshops designed to support you, academically, socially and culturally.

Kingston Community

Ontario is home to a rich diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture. Kingston and Queen's University sit on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee & Anishinaabe peoples.

Every year, Kingston celebrates National Indigenous Day with different festivities at Kingston Market Square.

Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest is a grassroots organization that promotes learning Indigenous languages and their revitalization. With the help of fluent speakers they are reclaiming Indigenous languages and cultures through songs, games and special projects. All welcome! Please contact them by email:

Kingston Aboriginal Community Information Network (KACIN) is a Facebook group that shares information about Indigenous events and services.

KFLA Children & Youth Services Gathering Communities, Making Connections - A Resource Guide for Indigenous Families is a one-of-a-kind guide, designed to help connect Indigenous communities in Kingston, Tyendinaga, Napanee and Deseronto, Sharbot Lake and Bancroft. The guide includes listings of Indigenous services, and community-based groups and events.

The River program (formerly Katarokwi Aboriginal School) is intended to provide First Nation, Métis and Inuit students with a safe, inclusive and culturally rich learning environment. The focus is on respect for self, others, Indigenous traditions, and community. The program has regular visits by Elders and a curriculum that reflects Indigenous cultures, histories and perspectives. It offers four credits per semester.

Limestone District School Board - Indigenous Education Across the Limestone District School Board, teachers and schools are working to enhance the experience of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, and are highlighting Indigenous teachings and perspectives for all students.

Kingston National Indigenous Peoples Day The KNIPD Committee organizes a community celebration on June 21st each year in Kingston, Ontario. In addition, Kingston NID provides other programming throughout the year, with a focus on community collaboration and outreach to promote education and cultural awareness.

Katarokwi Grandmothers' Council is an online resource for updates regarding the Katarokwi Grandmothers' Council;  they support Indigenous culture in the community by "returning to our ways".

South East Aboriginal Cancer Program - Aboriginal patient navigator provides support to people with cancer and their families who identify as having First Nations, Inuit or Metis ancestry. Support is provided by accompanying people to appointments, explaining medical information, seeking Traditional practices in care, and more.

The Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle (IDHC) Indigenous peoples have the tools, knowledge and ability to make healthy choices and live free of diabetes, now and in future generations. IDHC will achieve this vision by supporting Indigenous communities, families and individuals by promoting holistic wellness models; building on traditional teachings and best practices to develop and provide programs, education and resources; and building relationships and community capacity.

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Kingston is a non-profit, volunteer based, direct service organization offering services to women in conflict with the law and to women facing financial and social barriers that may put them at risk of coming into conflict with the law.

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)  is a not-for-profit organization that was established in 1971 to empower and support Indigenous women and their families throughout the province of Ontario. Kingston ONWA is a Facebook group for Kingston-based Indigenous women and their families.

Red Cedars Shelter is a holistic shelter, providing services and alternatives for families experiencing domestic abuse. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to serve anyone.

Kingston Interval House (KIH) provides support for women who wish to establish violence-free lives in their community and in finding and maintaining safe and affordable housing. KIH has a designated Indigenous Outreach Counsellor and Indigenous and Rural Outreach Services that offer flexible and culturally relevant services for Indigenous women who have experienced violence.

Kagita Mikam provides employment and training services to Indigenous people. It was established to provide a cooperative working relationship with Indigenous and local communities, organization and associations. This relationship will ensure that the employment and training of Indigenous people will be addressed.

Tipi Moza's (Iron Homes) mission is to provide affordable, culturally appropriate, not-for-profit housing and related services for Indigenous peoples. New and rehabilitated housing will be developed over time in the urban areas of Kingston and Frontenac for persons of varied backgrounds of low and moderate incomes.

Student Clubs

The Queen's Native Student Association (QNSA) is an AMS ratified university club compromised of a diverse group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students that share an interest in Indigenous cultures and traditions. Undergraduates, graduates and professional  students are all represented in the QNSA.

The QNSA functions as a forum for students to discuss contemporary and historic issues pertaining to Indigenous peoples and cultures. We work in collaboration with Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre (FDISC) and the Indigenous Council of Queen's University to identify the needs of Indigenous students on campus.

Related links

Learning Mohawk
Mohawk alphabet From Omniglot, the online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages.
Mohawk TV Mohawk TV Channel 4 is Kahnawake’s 1st Community Television Station, and the first station to create many of the popular programs that grace the airwaves in Kahnawake & south shore of Montreal today.
Mohawk Language and Cultural Centre Kanien’kéha Ratiwennahní:rats Adult Immersion Program has offered community members an opportunity to reconnect to their language and culture.

Tyendinaga Mohawks Website of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (MBQ)
Tsi Tyonnheht Onkawenna Language and Cultural Centre TTO was established in 2000 by a group of community members concerned with the revitalization of the Mohawk language in Tyendinaga.
Mohawk Council of Kahnawá:ke Website of the Kahnawake Mohawk Nation, located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, across from Montreal.
The Mohawk Language Standardisation Project

In August 1993, the Mohawk Language Standardisation Conference met at Tyendinaga to decide on a standard, written form of Mohawk. The conference was co-sponsored by the six Mohawk First Nations and supported by the Ontario Ministries of Education and Training, of Citizenship, and of Culture, Tourism and Recreation.

History of Mohawk History of the Mohawk people in Canada. From the Canadian Encyclopedia.
Iroquoians Ethnography of the Mohawks and other Iroquoian tribes of Canada.
From the Encyclopedia of World Cultures.

Mohawk legends


Mohawk Flag history

 Information about and history of the Mohawk flag

Queen's Library has a collection of texts relating to Indigenous Studies. The dictionaries and encyclopedias are located in the Reference section of Stauffer library.

If you need help from a librarian, please contact Hannah Tanna, a Queen's Research & Instruction Librarian for the Humanities & Social Sciences.