Kahnawake Survival School
One of three Kahnawà:ke Education Center schools, Kahnawake Survival School (KSS) is a secondary-level school with a mission to produce proud and self-sufficient Kanien’kehá:ka youth through a powerful curriculum based on Kanien’kehá:ka language, beliefs, and traditions. Established in 1978 in protest of the implementation of Bill 101 in Quebec schools, KSS establishes a strong cultural foundation in which students may build their Kanien’keha:ka identity upon.
Community and students walk from Howard S. Billings High School in Châteauguay to Kahnawake in protest of Bill/Law 101 ~ September 6, 1978
Kahnawake Survival School is divided into two departments: Middle School (Grades 7-8) and Senior School (Grades 9-11). Throughout their years at KSS, students are educated in:
- Social Studies
- Language Arts
- Computer Technology
- Exploratory (Art and Carpentry).
The school offers Kanien’kéha (Mohawk language) classes—students are placed in a class that best suits their Kanien’kéha language proficiency—that instill in students the various grammar and language rules, relevant vocabulary, and an overview of Kanien’keh:ka traditions, legends, and ceremonial practices.
In addition, the KSS Social Studies classes provide students with historical knowledge that begins Pre-Contact, with events such as the Great Law of Peace being explored.
With a dedicated French Department, students will be adopt a third language to better prepare themselves for future work and education beyond KSS.
In addition to academics, after-school sports programs—such as wrestling and volleyball—are offered throughout the year.