The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke would like to inform the community that all administrative offices will be closed on Friday, July 1st and Monday, July 4th.
Friday′s regular household garbage pickup and Monday′s recycling pickup will take place as normal. Both the Recycling Depot and Transfer Depot will be open and all essential services will remain operational.
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) wishes to inform the community that Chief and Council unanimously passed a Mohawk Council Executive Directive on Monday, June 27th to restrict Heavy Vehicle (truck) traffic on Route 207 and the Old Chateauguay Road (OCR).
The Directive was brought forth to address public safety concerns on the two highways.
As an additional safety measure, stop signs will also be tempo...
The Lands Unit of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke wishes to inform the community that it has extended a Film Permit issued to Rezolution Pictures, working with Tracey Deer, for the filming of the TV Series ‘Mohawk Girls.’
Filming was originally scheduled to be completed on June 30th but has now been extended from July 4th – 26th.
There will be intermittent street closures at certain locations. Alter...
The MCK Transportation Department would like to inform Kahnawà:ke students and parents that summer school bus service will be provided for students attending summer classes at Kahnawà:ke Survival School beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, June 28th.
Full schedules and route details can be picked up at the Town Garage or downloaded at www.kahnawake.com/bus.
For further details call Daily Transportation Manager Robe...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) would like to advise Kahnawa’kehrò:non that Hydro Québec has agreed today to return certain lands that are no longer being used as a right-of-way for the purposes of transmitting electricity.
As Portfolio Chief on the Hydro Working Group, Ratsénhaienhs Kenneth McComber oversaw the negotiations for the return of the land. More specifically, Hydro Québec has agreed to renounce a...
Clarification regarding substance used in CP rail spraying
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
The Public Safety Unit of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) is advising the community of erroneous information surrounding the Canadian Pacific (CP) Vegetation Management Program spraying that took place on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016.
Concerned individuals have contacted the PSU claiming that the substance sprayed onto the tracks was a carcinogenic chemical called Glysophate. This information is inaccurate. CP utilizes the product Esplanade, which has the active ingredient Indaziflam, a biodegradeable herbicide that inhibits growth in vegetation.
In the past, the PSU has requested that CP not carry out any spraying on the tracks. However, failure to do so puts the integrity of the infrastructure at risk of failure. There are concerns that the MCK could be held liable in the case of a derailment due to lack of proper maintenance (i.e. weed growth).
While both the MCK Public Safety Unit and the Environment Protection Office have concerns about spraying, it is agreed that safety must remain a priority.
Kahnawake and Six Nations Exercising Inherent Right to Participate in Tobacco Trade
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke and the Elected Council of Six Nations of the Grand River have collaborated to release the following information, setting the record straight on false statements recently issued by the Sûreté du Québec.
As First Nations, Kahnawà:ke and Six Nations have the legal right to produce, distribute, and trade tobacco. Any attempt to regulate or restrict a First Nation from manufacturing and participating in inter-Nation trade within the tobacco industry is an attack on this inherent Indigenous right.
“Tobacco is our natural product,” said Kahnawà:ke Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton. “We’ve used it for centuries. We use it for ceremonies and, when the Europeans came, we later used it for trade. They took the product, made it ‘their own’ and – all of a sudden – it’s illegal.”
Operations, like the recent MYGALE project, often lump the legal manufacturing and trade of tobacco by Indigenous people with organized crime activities. This is not only incorrect, but highly misleading.
Both Kahnawà:ke and Six Nations have deemed organized crime, and criminal activities to be illegal within their Territories. Both Iroquois communities cooperate with neighbouring law enforcement bodies on investigations relating to illegal activities occurring within their Nations and/or involving their community members. Tobacco is not an illegal activity
“It’s disheartening to read statements, like the one recently issued in the MYGALE project, attempting to criminalize our tobacco industry,” said Six Nations Chief Ava Hill. “Tobacco is a historical trade that supports the growth and economic prosperity of our communities. As sovereign Nations, the federal and provincial governments have no jurisdictional right to tax and regulate tobacco on our Territories.”
The MCK reiterates its support for the Kahnawà:ke Membership Law in light of recent events regarding non-eligible, non-Indigenous individuals residing on the Territory in clear contravention of the law.
Chief & Council have issued an Open Letter to community members to clarify the MCK’s position on the matter. Another separate Open Letter is intended for the aforementioned non-eligible persons. Both are available below.
The MCK is preparing a plan of action to help alleviate some of the difficulties that surfaced in the aftermath of a series of community-organized meetings held on this topic. The creation of a formal engagement strategy will begin at the Community Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 16th.
In the meantime it was felt that the community should be reminded of the origins and history of the 2003 Kahnawà:ke Membership Law, the 1984 Mohawk Law on Membership and 1981 Moratorium on Mixed Marriages. As such, a pamphlet that was prepared for the current amendment process for the 2003 Kahnawà:ke Membership Law, also available below.
Additionally, a random survey of 360 Kahnawa’kehró:non conducted in 2011 is also being made available at www.kahnawake.com for the purposes of illustrating community sentiment on the topic of Membership. In response to the question, “Should the Kahnawà:ke Membership Law allow all non-Natives married to a Member to live in Kahnawà:ke?” 263 respondents (78%) totally or somewhat disagreed, with 76 respondents (22%) agreeing, somewhat agreeing, or totally agreeing. 21 people did not offer a response to this particular question.
“While the laws have changed over the years, the community has been remarkably consistent in its support of the residency requirements,” said Grand Chief Michael Ahríhron Delisle, Jr. “Chief & Council are obligated to uphold Kahnawà:ke laws, while always being mindful that there will always be those who aren’t in favor of the law and that we must listen to their concerns and suggestions. We ask that everyone remain peaceful and respectful during this emotional time.”