Founded in 1978, the Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center was established to preserve, promote, and enrich the distinct language and culture of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk people) of Kahnawà:ke. We also promote the awareness of Kanien’kehá:ka history to the non-native communities and institutions surrounding Kahnawà:ke.
“The mission of Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa, a vital and dedicated catalyst for community change, is to lead and support all Kahnawa’kehró:non to practice, maintain, respect, renew, and enhance Kanien’kéha language, beliefs, values, customs and traditions through the development, delivery, and sharing with all peoples, cultural and educational activities which will ensure the continued existence of our present and future generations as Kanien’kehá:ka” (May 13, 1997: Kanien’kehá:ka Raotitióhkwa Cultural Strategic Planning Session).
“Ne ionkwaio’tátie ne Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa ne tiókon né:’e ohén:ton akatá:tie tsi niionkwarihó:ten ne Kanien’kehá:ka, tánon ne ó:ni akwé:kon aiethiié:nawa’se ne Kahnawa’kehró:non ahontéweinste tsi niionkwarihó:ten tánon tiótkon ahatirihwakweniénhstake tsi iah nenwén:ton tha’ón:ton tsi Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwehón:we nitewaia’tó:ten”.
To provide all members of our community with the opportunity to increase their cultural awareness by fostering pride in our Kanien’kéha heritage and traditions.
To preserve, enrich and perpetuate our Kanien’kehá:ka language so that every member of our community actively seeks to use it and pass it on as the most precious possession of our people.
To enhance our worldview and promote our traditional values of honesty, respect, sharing and sense of community.
To act as a cultural resource center by providing a research/learning environment on all aspects of Iroquois culture generally and on the Mohawks of Kahnawake specifically.
Develop, deliver and implement various Kanien’kéha Second Language Immersion Programs and activities for all age levels for the benefit of the community.
Develop and produce various forms of multimedia language tools and digital technology to strengthen and support various Kanien’kéha Second language learning programs for the benefit of the community.
To fulfill the goals and objectives of Kahnawake’s Language Law – The Kaianerenhserón:ni Ne Onkwawenna’ón:we ne Kahnawake.
To coordinate and implement various cultural educational workshops and activities to help increase the community’s traditional cultural knowledge and history of who we are as Haudenosaunee Confederacy (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy).
To educate and increase the understanding of Canadian mainstream society about the history and culture of who we are as Kanien’kehá:ka people and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy through the delivery of various cultural workshops and seminars.
To research, create and produce various curriculum language and cultural resources to support the organization’s various language and cultural programs and activities for the benefit of the community.
To increase the community’s domain and access of language learning environments through the production and delivery of two local cable television programs