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S-3 Coalition

View the Kanien'kehá:ka of Kahnawà:ke Declaration on Bill S-3

Bill S-3: An Act to Amend the Indian Act

What is Bill S-3?

Bill S-3 “An act to amend the Indian Act” is Federal Legislation that has already been passed by Canada. It will give Indian status to any descendant of a woman who married a non-Indigenous man at any time between 1876 and 1985 (if that descendant was born before April 17, 1985). In Kahnawà:ke, this will mean that potentially 65,000 people with affiliations to the community could be granted Indian Status.

For more answers to Frequently Asked Questions, consult the entire list here.

Survey on S-3

Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke’s S-3 Working Group is conducting a survey to gauge the opinion of Kahnawa'kehró:non on what effects that Bill S-3 will have on Kahnawà:ke.

The survey will be conducted in-person and online at until 11:59pm on Wednesday, April 3rd.

The results of the survey will help the Kahnawà:ke S-3 Defense Coalition to develop the Collective Community Position on Bill S-3.

What is the MCK doing about this bill?

Currently, there is a S-3 Working Group that is working on informing the community on the Bill, its history and potential effects on Kahnawà:ke. Community engagements are planned to collect feedback to help form Kahnawà:ke stance on the Bill. Any findings throughout this process will be reported to the community.

Presentation Schedule for Organizations (Click)

The S-3 Working Group will make presentations to the following organizations as scheduled:


  1. November 24th : S3 Kiosk at Services Complex (9-12)
  2. November 26th : MCK Internal Presentation
  3. December 4th: S3 Kiosk at Services Complex (9-12)
  4. December 10th : Presentation to KMHC from 5pm-6pm
  5. December 11th: S3 Kiosk at Services Complex (9-4)
  6. December 12th : S3 Special Community Meeting @ PK Community Room (7pm-8:30pm)
  7. December 13th : Presentation to KSCS from 2pm-3pm
  8. December 17th : Presentation to KSCS 11 am – noon
  9. December 17th : Presentation to Step by Step staff from 1:30 pm -2:30 pm
  10. December 19th : Presentation to KMHC from 12-1
  11. December 19th : Presentation to KEC from 12-1
  12. December 20th : Internal MCK Presentation from 9:30 am – 10:30 am.
  13. December 20th : Presentation to Tewa from 12pm-1pm.


  1. January 8th : Presentation to KYC from 10am-11am
  2. January 14th : Presentation to Karonhianonhnha Staff from 3:15pm-4:15pm
  3. January 15th : Presentation to the Bank from 4:00pm-5:00pm
  4. January 16th: Presentation to FNRAEC from 10:30am-11:30 am
  5. January 17th : Presentation to KFB from 1pm-2pm

*More to be scheduled

Presentation on Impacts of S-3 Indian Act Amendments

MCK to engage community on Bill S-3

S3 discussed on K103 Partyline Talkshow

Ietsénhaienhs Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer & S-3 Working Group representative Katsistihkwí:io Jacco appear on the K103.7 Tetewatha:ren Partyline Talkshow to discuss activities being carried out by the MCK S3 Working Group to inform Kahnawa'kehró:non on the background and impacts of S3. The talkshow took place on November 30th, 2018 with host Louann Stacey.

Presentation on the Standing Committee to Indigenous & Northern Affairs Committee on Bill S-3.

Speakers include: Grand Chief Joe Norton, Ietsénhaienhs Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer, Sharon McIvor and Jeremy Matson.

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Brandon Bordeau
Bill S-3 Community Engagement Officer
(514) 794-5434

Alan John Rice
(450) 632-7500 ext. 59333

Ietsénhaienhs Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer
(450) 632-7500 ext. 50287

Katsistohkwi:io Jacco
450-632-7500, ext. 50247

Rose-Ann Morris
450-632-7500 ext. 50496