The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) wishes to commend the Supreme Court of Canada’s Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin for acknowledging Canada’s treatment of aboriginal people at the time of colonization was the “most glaring blemish on the Canadian historic record of ‘wrong-doing,’ and that the government’s 19th Century assimilation policies toward aboriginal people would today be called ‘cultural genocide.’" ...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke would like to inform the community that limited Landfill Operations are now in progress for the 2015 season. These operations are strictly limited for personal and immediate residential use. No large-scale development projects are permitted at this time.
Interested homeowners should contact the Landfill Coordinator at the Community Protection Unit, weekdays between 8am and 4p...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) is pleased to inform the community that the “Make Kahnawà:ke Stop Day” safety campaign held today was a success.
The Kahnawake Peacekeepers handed out between 30-35 tickets to drivers who either didn’t stop or failed to make a complete stop during the two-hour campaign held between 10am and 12 noon at various stop signs throughout Kahnawà:ke. Numerous community members ...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) wishes to inform road users that the Ministère des Transports du Québec will reduce the Mercier Bridge to one lane in each direction from Friday, May 29th at 10pm until Monday, June 1st at 5am.
The Montreal-bound Route 138 up-ramp will be completely closed during this time with a detour via Route 132.
Additionally, the access ramp connecting Route 138 to Highway 20 West...
The Public Works Unit of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) wishes to inform road users that lighting repairs will take place in conjunction with the Ministère des Transports du Québec on Friday, May 29th from 9am until 3pm.
The left lanes on Route 138 on both the Kahnawà:ke-bound and Montreal-bound directions will be closed to carry out the repairs between the Route 207 access ramp and the top part of the ramp...
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.”