Joely Van Dommelen
Colonial legacy, Culture of memory
Joely Van Dommelen is the director of the Karihwanoron School in Canada on the Kahnawake Reservation. This is the only school that offers education exclusively in Mohawk up until the sixth grade. It was Joely’s mother along with a dozen other parents that founded the school. She herself no longer spoke Mohawk while her mother, Francis Dione, Joely Van Dommelen’s grandmother, spoke the language fluently. But Francis Dione had been forbidden to speak Mohawk at school during her childhood.