The Public Safety Unit of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke wishes to remind the community that a special one-day safety awareness campaign regarding Stop Signs will take place tomorrow (Friday, 27 Onerahtohkó:wa/May) throughout Kahnawà:ke.
Last year’s initial event, ‘Make Kahnawà:ke Stop,’ was created due to concerns that some drivers failed to obey stop signs. Special concern was raised regarding school zone...
The Lands Unit of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) wishes to inform Kahnawa’kehrò:non that the Spring Tioweró:ton Meeting scheduled to take place this Saturday has been postponed until further notice.
The decision to postpone the meeting was brought up from several community members who shared their concerns at an information kiosk held at the Services Complex by Ratsénhaienhs Billy Diabo. “A lot of com...
Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language & Cultural Center (KOR), Kahnawà:ke Tourism and the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke launched the campaign today to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of Kahnawà:ke’s move to its current location.
The unveiling of a permanent display panel was held at Kahnawà:ke Survival School Thursday morning at 9am to commemorate the previous location of the village before the final ...
Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language & Cultural Center (KOR), Kahnawà:ke Tourism and the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke are pleased to invite the community to the official launch of the campaign to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of Kahnawà:ke’s move to its current location.
The unveiling of a permanent display panel will be held tomorrow (Thursday, May 26) at 9am <...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke wishes to inform the community that two Liberal Members of Parliament will be in Kahnawà:ke this afternoon to meet with Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton and Chief Political Advisor Winona Polson-Lahache.
Brenda Shanahan, the MP for Chateauguay-Lacolle and Jean-Claude Poissant, representing the Laprairie riding, requested to meet with Grand Chief Norton. No formal agenda has ...
Kenneth Deer attended the United Nations' Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues where Canada officially announced it would implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Deer provides an update on-location from New York..
Water Taxi Survey Results now available for viewing
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.”