The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) would like to inform Kahnawa’kehrò:non that the agenda has been set for the Fall Community Meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, 8 Kentenhkó:wa/November at the Golden Age Club.
The agenda is as follows:
• Land Allotments • Membership update • Kanawaki Golf Club Lease Community Consultation update •...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke wishes to advise the community that engineers working on behalf of Industry Canada are in Kahnawà:ke to conduct tests of radio signals from the former CFCF towers located on Highway 138, just west of the Sports Complex.
The work is expected to last until next week.
While the engineers will often be on-site, they may be moving about to several areas in the community as part of...
The Kahnawà:ke Legislative Coordinating Commission (KLCC) wishes to inform the community that consensus was reached on the final five (5) sections of the proposed amendments to the Kahnawà:ke Membership Law. By completing the agenda, the First Hearing phase of the Community Decision Making Process has reached a provisional conclusion.
Since a proposed law on residency will be brought forth for consideration...
The Kahnawà:ke Legislative Coordinating Commission (KLCC) wishes to remind community members that the final five (5) sections will be on the agenda for tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) Hearing on proposed amendments to the Kahnawà:ke Membership Law.
The agenda is as follows:
• Sec. 25 Notice (as may be required by this Law or the Regulations) • Sec. 26 Kanien’kéha Version ...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) has been informed by the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated that both of the Route 132 up and down ramps of the Mercier Bridge will be closed from Sunday, October 23rd at 3am to Monday, October 24 at 5am, and then again Monday, October 24 at 9pm to Tuesday, October 25 at 5am.
In addition, the Ministère des Transport du Quebec will close the left lane of the Kah...
An October 18th announcement regarding the imminent settlement of a land claim came in for some harsh words by Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton.
2016-2017 School Bus Schedules
August 24, 2016
The 2016-2017 MCK Transportation School Bus Schedule is now available! Please download and print out a copy for your records. Also available is a guideline document that outlines safety for passengers and proper care for the buses.
Clarification regarding substance used in CP rail spraying
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
The Public Safety Unit of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) is advising the community of erroneous information surrounding the Canadian Pacific (CP) Vegetation Management Program spraying that took place on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016.
Concerned individuals have contacted the PSU claiming that the substance sprayed onto the tracks was a carcinogenic chemical called Glysophate. This information is inaccurate. CP utilizes the product Esplanade, which has the active ingredient Indaziflam, a biodegradeable herbicide that inhibits growth in vegetation.
In the past, the PSU has requested that CP not carry out any spraying on the tracks. However, failure to do so puts the integrity of the infrastructure at risk of failure. There are concerns that the MCK could be held liable in the case of a derailment due to lack of proper maintenance (i.e. weed growth).
While both the MCK Public Safety Unit and the Environment Protection Office have concerns about spraying, it is agreed that safety must remain a priority.
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.”