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The Corner Office - Chatting with the Grand Chief Podcast


The Corner Office Podcasts are recorded for issues that require a little more in-depth information and clarification from the Grand Chief's office. It is also intended to be a reference tool for media to understand the rationale behind the Grand Chief’s decisions, as well as to obtain quotes. There is no set schedule for podcasts and they will be released as issues arise. Use the stream player below or download to listen offline. You can also share this page on your social media network by clicking above. Have a listen and enjoy.

KahnawÀ:ke facing new assimilation threat

November 16, 2018

The S-3 amendments to the Indian Act could mean over a million new Status ‘Indians’ added to the current rolls. In Kahnawà:ke, we could see potentially between 35,000 to 60,000 additions to the Mohawks of Kahnawà:ke federal registry. On this edition of ‘The Corner Office’ we speak to Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton for his take on the potential impacts, and what the MCK is doing about an issue that is definitely a cause for concern.

Grand Chief reports on busy Ottawa trip

June 19, 2017

Grand Chief Norton spent a couple of busy days in Ottawa, with several meetings on his agenda. Political Press Attaché asks him specifically about his appearance in front of Canada’s lawmakers, where he made it clear that Kahnawà:ke has something to say about legislation currently in the works. He also provides updates on meetings with representatives of federal Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould and Minister of Indigenous Affairs Carolyn Bennett, and a meeting on the possibility of creating a national data center in Kahnawà:ke.

Grand Chief talks A30 lawsuit and other political issues

May 25, 2017

Political Press Attaché Joe Delaronde speaks with the Grand Chief on several issues: A discussion on reconciliation with Mayor Denis Coderre, Montreal's 375th Celebration, the rebuilding of the Southbound Mercier Bridge and the lawsuit and issues surrounding the return of Highway 30 lands.


October 6, 2016

Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton met with representatives of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on September 30th. Norton relates his surprise that the CBSA said it bases its dealings with Aboriginal people on a document known as the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. His reaction to that revelation, as well as his plans to address the issues, is the focus of this podcast.


Grand Chief speaks about meeting with Quebec Premiere Couillard, Trade & Commerce, Gaming, Potential economic ventures & ICE Gaming show held in London, England

February 11, 2016

Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton speaks about his recent meeting with Quebec Premiere Phillip Couillard - more specifically Bill 85 and Kahnawà:ke’s role as a key player in the economic development of the Highway 30 corridor, Trade and Commerce, Gaming, Potential economic development ventures in Kahnawà:ke, as well as, a quick recap of the ICE Gaming Show held in London, England this February.


An angry Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton‎ says Quebec went behind Kahnawake's back in regard to Highway 30

December 7, 2015

In this Corner Office, an angry Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton says Quebec went behind Kahnawà:ke’s back in regard to Highway 30 and lets known his extreme displeasure with the introduction of Bill 85 in the National Assembly by Minister Pierre Moreau on behalf of the Rousillon mayors.


Download audio files by question:

Question: The provincial government presented Bill 85 in the National Assembly which will see economic development along highway 30, among other things. What are your thoughts on this action?

Question: Is there some irony in the fact that the Rousillion mayors had a lawsuit claiming they weren't consulted by Quebec when now, they are actually doing the same thing - where we had no idea of what's been going on and it looks like the lawsuit was actually kind of a smoke screen?

Question: It's easy for people on the outside to say Kahnawà:ke never seems to be happy but this is blatant and horrible, especially on something that was described as 'good faith' lands to be returned to Kahnawake. What happens now?

Question: It's been said by some that people don't want to see the Mohawks have any unfair advantage by having our side of Highway 30 free for development, while the other side is zoned differently for agriculture. It looks now like that's one of the issues that have been addressed on their side.

Question: The press release said “we demand a meeting” with Premier Couillard. That request been in the works for a while, so now, where are we?

Question: Are there any words you'd like to say to the community at this point?

Question: What about this final curve ball? What if now they seem to have gotten their way, they drop their lawsuit?