The Mohawk Council of Kahnawą:ke (MCK) would like to inform the community that MCK Chiefs will be meeting with representatives from the Mohawk Trail Longhouse tonight at 7pm to discuss the issues of Residency and Membership in order to determine how to proceed.
Part of five point plan announced in early June, Chief & Council have reached out to Traditional representatives to ensure that all leadership is engage...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawą:ke has been informed that Canadian Pacific railway crews will be removing stone, switches and rails in the Adirondack area beginning today (Wednesday, July 2nd) until Tuesday, July 21st.
There will be two loaders carrying stone, one excavator removing switches and a speed swing carrying rails to replace the area with straight tracks.
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawą:ke wishes to remind road users that the Ministčre des Transport du Quebec will completely close the Montreal-bound direction of the Mercier Bridge from Saturday, June 27th (tomorrow) at 11:59pm until Sunday, June 28th at 1pm, weather permitting.
During this time there will be NO MONTREAL-BOUND access and only one Kahnawą:ke-bound lane available.
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawą:ke would like to inform the community that all administrative offices will be closed on Monday, June 29th and Monday, July 6th.
There will be no change to the regular household recycling pickup schedule during these days. Both the Recycling Depot and Transfer Depot will be open and all essential services will remain operational.
Regular hours of business will resume at 8:30am on...
Part of an innovative collaboration between MCK Housing and Steelhawk Homes, HOPE, or Home Ownership Program Enhancement, is a four year project that features affordable housing, training and education combined with a home ownership savings plan for Kahnawà:ke single parents. Four new homes and the new occupants were recently unveiled to the Community and KTV was there.
Recent statements by Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Bernard Valcourt that accuse Kahnawà:ke of having racist laws are uninformed and reckless, particularly when the Minister has no firsthand knowledge of the community or its history, yet paints it as racist in one broad stroke. KTV spoke to MCK Political Press Attaché Joe Delaronde to introduce an interesting segment where we try to get an outside perspective from people who frequent Kahnawà:ke in their daily lives on how they see it.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Valcourt’s comments irresponsible, insidious
Friday, May 15, 2015
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) wishes to advise the public that it takes great offense to comments made by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Minister Bernard Valcourt in regard to Kahnawà:ke’s internal Membership issues.
In comments provided to Montreal’s Le Devoir newspaper on May 6th, Mr. Valcourt said that the rules governing Membership are “racist and unacceptable in this country.”
“It is difficult to articulate just how irresponsible and insidious his comments are,” said Grand Chief Michael Ahríhron Delisle, Jr. in a statement (see attached document). “Because he is the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, most Canadians will assume that he is speaking from a position of intimate knowledge of Kahnawà:ke. The truth is a whole different matter.”
“By wading into a situation that he knows very little of, he is giving Canadians a very skewed picture – one painted with the broad strokes of ignorance rather than one respecting the subtleties and intricacies that are demanded” of a man in his position, continued Grand Chief Delisle.
A letter has been sent to the Saugeen Ojibway Nation in support of their fight against the planned nuclear waste depository site at the nearby Bruce Power facility.
The proposed ‘Deep Geologic Repository’ to store some 200,000 cubic meters of nuclear waste 700 meters underground is located adjacent to Lake Huron. Saugeen Chief Vernon Roote has made clear his community’s concerns regarding this ill-advised plan.
MCK concerned over Bill C-51, Sends open letter to Prime Minister
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
A controversial new bill is being spearheaded by the Harper government. Bill C-51, an ‘Anti-terrorism Act’ will restructure national security laws to allow law enforcement to interpret protests as peaceful or an act of terrorism. This has the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake concerned. We spoke to MCK Chief Lloyd Phillips.
Grand Chief responds to ‘The Kahnawake Mohawk Council vs. basic civil rights’ editorial
Grand Chief Michael Ahríhron Delisle, Jr. has sent a response to an editorial in the National Post entitled ‘The Kahnawake Mohawk council vs. basic human rights’ published in the Thursday, November 5th edition of the paper.
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.”