About Us

Our mission and history

Our Mission

The mission of the library is to provide public library services, to be an excellent source of cultural information, to advance literacy and to be a source of children programming. We aim to provide a gathering place, to serve as a place for enlightenment, a place where people can exchange knowledge and learning, to be a circle of communication and a showcase for Kahnawake expressions.

The following values guide both our short and long term goals: providing excellent customer service, promoting lifelong learning and literacy, serving our community, accountability and integrity in all matters and a commitment to growth and innovation. 

Our History

The Skawenni:io Tsi Iewennahnotahkhwa Kahnawake Library began as a grass-roots initiative in 2002, after a letter from 13-year-old Skawenniio Barnes appeared in The Eastern Door newspaper, in which her heartfelt words reminded us of the considerable value of public libraries and how the lack of this basic service is disadvantageous to a community, particularly for students like herself, who were studying and working towards a brighter future through education.

kahnawake temporary library building

The Movement

The letter sparked a movement to move forward and establish a temporary library to serve an immediate need, while laying the groundwork for the establishment of a permanent facility. 

Many people from Kahnawake and beyond responded – planning, fundraising, and collecting books – no small feat, as thousands of book donations poured in from a CBC Radio-sponsored book drive in Montreal. It has been a long journey, which has proven to be quite challenging, but inspiring as well.

View Original Letter

The
Present

For the first few years of its existence, the Kahnawake Library was housed at a temporary location. Since April 2009, we relocated to our present location on the Old Malone Highway. This move to a permanent, more central location proved to be an asset to future growth and expansion. The visibility and accessibility of the library has encouraged new membership and the expansion of existing programs. 
 

How Can I Support the Library?

Kahnawake Library is a non-for-profit organization that relies on the financial support from our community members. Interested in lending a helping hand?