The Mohawk Council of Kahnawą:ke (MCK) in conjunction with the Kahnawą:ke Youth Forum are seeking two (2) representatives to attend the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador 4th Annual Youth Forum (AYF) in Quebec City from Friday, August 7th until Sunday, August 9th, 2015.
The AYF meets annually to provide training, workshops and forums to discuss issues that are of importance to First Nations youth. Del...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawą:ke (MCK) would like to inform the community that Grand Chief Joe Norton and Chief Gina Deer will be attending the Iroquois Caucus meetings being held this week in Akwesį:sne on Wednesday and Thursday, 29 and 30 Ohiarihkó:wa/ July.
The Emergency Planning and Preparedness Program of the MCK is advising the community that a heat warning is in effect where the temperature (including the humidex) is expected to reach as high as 40 degrees Celsius until Thursday.
The Turtle Bay Elders Lodge has an air-conditioned facility for elders who do not have access to a cool refuge. Call (450) 632-5499 to ensure they will be expecting you.
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawą:ke (MCK) wishes to inform the community that it has been granted Intervener Status in a another proposed pipeline project, this time the upcoming National Energy Board (NEB) Eastern Mainline hearing process. This follows the announcement (Tuesday, July 21st) about MCK participation in the Energy East Pipeline hearings, which is a separate project.
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawą:ke wishes to inform the community that endurance solo river swimmer David Merpaw will pass through Kahnawą:ke as he swims the St Lawrence River to raise awareness on protection of the river and its sensitive ecosystems.
Mr. Merpaw brings attention to environmental work being carried out by the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences, who researches biodiverse freshwater ...
The Echoes of a Proud Nation Pow Wow was full of significance this year, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1990 Crisis here in Kahnawà:ke. KTV was there among the participants to get their reaction.
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.”