You are listening to a conversation between elders Ateronhiata:kon (Francis Boots) and Kanasaraken (Loran Thompson) from the Kahniakehaka (Mohawk) Nation in Akwesasne. They are discussing their histories and stories about the US and Canada borders that cut through their territories, which extend to the banks of the St. Lawrence River in present day Ontario, Quebec, and New York.
Often absent from public discussions about borders and migration are Indigenous perspectives. This tends to be the case in Canada and the US. However, any discussions about borders and how they operate, whether in the past, present, or future, necessitates the foregrounding of Indigenous histories and territories. From the perspectives of Indigenous Peoples, borders are settler-colonial impositions that have displaced and continue to dispossess Indigenous communities throughout the continent.
Ionkwaká:raton or "Our Stories" was a series of videos produced by Akwesasne TV featuring conversations between elders Ateronhiata:kon (Francis Boots) and Kanasaraken (Loran Thompson) about the history and issues regarding the US and Canada borders. As the show notes indicate, the series "looks at how the Mohawk language survives and thrives in the present day."