Yakowennahskats is a platform that promotes a balance between women and men within our matrilineal system. While elevating and uplifting Onkwehon:we womens perspective that has been almost completely ignored by foreign established norms. We hope to provide a consistent truth within our matters between the women and men of our nations. The idea was born from recognizing the importance of individuals within the Nations that form the confederacy as received by the peacemaker. Understanding that non-indigenous governments, legal frameworks, and news platforms severely underestimate our importance and even choose to invalidate our experiences within Onkwehon: we lifeways and governance
The time has never been more opportune to provide and capture our stories’ essence as it pertains to these entities and other systems that fail to understand and take notice.
Following my arrest as a Grassroots journalist, establishing a platform devoted to matrilineal voices to join in flooding mainstream media with Grassroots Onkwehon:we platforms and address the lack of understanding between Onkwehon:we
We will strive to bring awareness as journalists, Reporters, Photographers or other storytelling methods reporting on actions and events while being present as a community member. We have different social structures and governance that are little understood even after all this time.
We are the water
We are the air
Why wouldn’t we speak out if we are not being respected?
Why wouldn’t we protect ourselves?
Yakowennahskats: Her beautiful voice was created with the intent to speak these and other truths.