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Little Ray's Reptile Show Held at the Kawehnoke Recreation


Mathew Meincke from Little Ray's Reptile Zoo showing off a Baby Caiman.

On Saturday March 17th, Little Ray's Reptile Zoo came to Akwesasne and put a show to remember at the Kawehnoke Recreation. The event was organized by Mohawk Council of Akwesasne's Community Health program in partnership with Autism Ontario. This was the first event put on by both organizations, but it will not be the last. The event was open to families with children on the autism spectrum, along with their families and friends. Community members had to preregister for the free event, with room for 75 people. The show began at 11:30am with attendees having the opportunity to see and pet different reptiles, while learning about them at the same time. The show wrapped up at 12:30, with lunch being served afterwards.

Mathew Meincke from Little Ray's Reptile Zoo showing off a 10 foot Python.

Rachel Marks, Community Event Coordinator for Autism Ontario stated, "This is the first event we have done with the MCA's Community Health Program. We are thankful for the opportunity to be able to work in Akwesasne and help to spread awareness to the families with children diagnosed with Autism. We had our first event open to the community, because we are new to the area, we want the community to understand what we are all about. We do plan on partnering with Community Health to do more community events in the future."

Little Ray's Reptile show was the first event done by Autism Ontario in Akwesasne. There are many different events and programs open to children on the autism spectrum in the surrounding areas. Children from Akwesasne can access these event and programs, all you have to do is preregister, and it's as simple as that. If you are interested in the upcoming events, you can find them at


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