The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) invites Kahnawa’kehró:non to view a video address by Grand Chief Michael Ahríhron Delisle, Jr. concerning Membership and related residency eligibility requirements.
The address clearly indicates the current position of Chief & Council on the matters at hand, including its reiteration that community members act in a respectful manner when dealing with the issues. The follow...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke’s Office of the Council of Chiefs (OCC) wishes to inform the community that it has welcomed two students conducting a placement through the University of Victoria’s Indigenous Governance Program. Students Nelly Marcoux and Jessica Tessier are participating in a Community Governance Project as part of their Masters of Arts studies and will be working in the OCC for a period of 3-4 months on...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) has been informed by the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated and Ministère des Transports du Québec that the Mercier Bridge will close one lane in each direction on the Mercier Bridge from Friday, September 12th at 10pm until Monday, September 15th at 5am.
The Route 132 up ramp (towards Montreal) and the Airlie on ramp (towards Kahnawà:ke), will be closed during ...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) is informing Kahnawa’kehró:non that it has received a legal demand letter threatening legal action with respect to “mixed couples” residing in the Territory. The letter was sent by an attorney representing a group of three persons.
This demand letter (dated September 8, 2014) accuses the MCK of failing to “condemn in firm and decisive language” alleged harassment and, i...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) wishes to remind Kahnawa’kehró:non that next Tuesday’s Community Meeting agenda will consist solely of Land Allotments and Membership. Specifically, Chief & Council will discuss community engagement and strategies in regard to the recent issue of persons residing on the Territory in contravention of the Kahnawà:ke Membership Law.
The address indicates the current position of Chief and Council on the matters of Membership and Residency, including its reiteration that community members act in a respectful manner when dealing with the issues. He speaks on the following issues:
• Overview on history of Membership
• Relevance to other files, such as Seigneury of Sault St. Louis
• Current amendment process
• Who can attend next week’s Community Meeting
• Community engagement
MCK Reiterates position on Membership
Thursday, September 4th, 2014
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.