The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) has been informed by the Ministère des Transports du Québec that the 132 down ramp of the Mercier Bridge towards La Prairie will be reduced to one lane on Monday, October 27th from 8am until 4pm.
The closure is required to carry out cleaning work of the safety barriers.
The MCK reminds the public that works/closures on the Mercier Bridge are subject to change due to wea...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke would like to inform the community that the Kahnawà:ke Family Homes and Matrimonial Interests Law (‘Family Homes Law’) is expected to be given formal approval through a Mohawk Council Resolution at a Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, 27 Kenténha/October, 2014.
Once approval is given the law will come into force through an additional Mohawk Council Resolution to be passed ...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) wishes to inform the community that the Labor Agreement reached between the MCK and the Québec government on October 8, 2014 is now available for viewing at www.kahnawake.com .
Additionally, the MCK would like to issue a point of clarification on the matter of union aff...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke has been advised by the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) that cleaning of the safety barriers will require the closure of one lane on the Route 132 down ramp of the Mercier Bridge towards La Prairie this Friday, October 24th from 8am to 4pm.
The MCK reminds the public that works/closures on the Mercier Bridge are subject to change due to weather conditions, operational const...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) would like to inform the community that Grand Chief Michael Ahríhron Delisle, Jr. is attending hearings being conducted by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in relation to a complaint alleging that Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada’s provision of First Nations child and family services is “flawed, inequitable and discriminatory” under the Canadian Human Rights Act...
On Thursday, October 2nd, the final draft of the Kahnawà:ke Justice System Act, usually referred to as the Justice Act, was posted on the Kahnawà:ke Legislative Coordinating Commission website for its final 30-day viewing. In terms of jurisdiction, this law is of historic proportions. We spoke to the Justice Portfolio Chief and the Director of Justice services for their thoughts.
Grand Chief responds to accusations of racism by National Post columnist
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Grand Chief Michael Ahríhron Delisle, Jr. has responded to a column in the September 22nd National Post entitled "The one place in Canada where racism is still tolerated: native reserves".
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.”
The Kahnawà:ke Environment Protection Office (KEPO) will be conducting a summer long Fish Study and is seeking help from community members to gather information.
KEPO is aware that there is a fear in the community concerning the contamination of fish and is attempting to determine safe limits for fish consumption from local waters. This will require samples from fish caught in the community which will be analyzed at the Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment laboratory at the MacDonald campus of McGill.
KEPO would also like to interview local fishermen and fisherwomen to determine their average fish consumption. This information will help establish the standard quantities of fish being consumed by those actively catching fish in the community.
If you are willing to participate, please call Holly McComber or Patrick Ragaz at 450-635-0600 for full details on the procedure to collect fish samples or to make an appointment for an interview.
This work will build on and update a previous effort completed in 1997. That study found that the fish in the community were generally safe to eat at the levels consumed by community members at that time. KEPO hopes to reassure the community that this is still the case.
First Draft of the Kahnawake Family Homes & Matrimonial Interests Law
April 23, 2014
The first draft of the proposed Kahnawà:ke Family Homes & Matrimonial Interests Law will be presented at a community consultation on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. The proposed law is to counter Canada’s Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights (S-2) legislation.
The Community Mandate to proceed with a Kahnawà:ke law was given at community consultation on September 25, 2013. Additionally, it was agreed that the law should be created using the Urgent Process of the Community Decision Making Process due to a deadline of December 16, 2014 imposed by the passage of S-2. If communities do not have their own laws in place when the law comes into force, the Federal legislation will prevail.
The Draft, as well as the Executive Summary and Information Sheet are available below for viewing prior to the consultation.