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Weekly Council Communique

In an effort to increase transparency between the Mohawk Council of Kahnawá:ke and the community, a Council Communique will be made available on a weekly basis, briefly outlining decisions, reports or issues that were addressed at the regular Monday Council meetings.


COMMUNIQUE – Monday, 19 Ohiarihkó:wa/July 2021

Meeting held virtually via Microsoft Teams

In: Ratitsénhaienhs Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer, Tonya Perron, Cody Diabo, Alan John Rice, Ross Montour, Jessica Lazare, Arnold Boyer, Harry Rice, Mike Delisle, Jr., Lindsay LeBorgne, Ryan Montour, Barton Goodleaf (all present).

Also Present: Trina Diabo-Jacobs (Council Meeting Administrator), Onerahtókha Marquis (Executive Director), Winona Polson-Lahache (Chief Political Advisor), Justus Polson-Lahache (Public Relations).

Housekeeping      

  • Cheque signers: Mike Delisle, Jr. & Lindsay LeBorgne
  • Minute Acceptance for June 28, 2021 and July 5, 2021 – deferred
  • Land Allotments

Agenda Items

Mohawk Council Executive Directive: 2020-2021 MCK Audit Presentation
Presence of Erica Delisle (Finance), Onerahtókha Marquis (Executive Director), Nikola Mirkovic (Finance), Jeremy Asch and Gordon Leebosh (MNP/LLP Auditors)  
MNP/LLP Auditors present the MCK Annual Audit for the 2020-2021 fiscal for the (non-consolidated) MCK and the following community organizations:

  • Kahnawà:ke Education Center (Robin Delaronde, Sohenrise Paul Nicholas and Denise Jacobs)
  • Tewatohnhi’saktha (Neil McComber and Barbara McComber)
  • Kahnawà:ke Shakotiia’takehnhas Community Services (Derek Montour)
  • Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center (Lisa Phillips)
  • Kahnawà:ke Fire Brigade (David Scott)
  • Kahnawà:ke Youth Center (Kyle Zacharie)

Request to approve the 2020-2021 audited non-consolidated and consolidated (MCK and all community organizations) financial statements for the MCK and external organizations. Passed by Consensus.

Mohawk Council Executive Directive: Appointment of Shareholder Representatives to Mohawk Online
Presence of Winona Polson-Lahache (Chief Political Advisor), Jean Pommainville (MCK Legal Services). Portfolio Chief: Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer (Ohén:ton í:iente ne Ratitsénhaienhs).
Appointment of Ohén:ton í:iente ne Ratitsénhaienhs Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer, Ratsénhaienhs Ross Montour and Executive Director Onerahtokha Marquis as interim shareholder representatives to Mohawk Online until portfolio allocations have been assigned for the 2021-2024 term and a Mohawk Council Executive Directive appointing permanent shareholder representatives is adopted. Passed by Consensus.

Mohawk Council Executive Directive: Appointment of Signatories for MOK account(s) at the Caisse
Presence of Winona Polson-Lahache (Chief Political Advisor). Portfolio Chief: Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer (Ohén:ton í:iente ne Ratitsénhaienhs.
The interim appointment of Ohén:ton í:iente ne Ratitsénhaienhs Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer, Ratsénhaienhs Ross Montour and Executive Director Onerahtokha Marquis to the Board of Governors for MOK. Additionally, Dean Montour (Chief Executive Officer of MOK) and any one of the following representatives are appointed as official signatories on the MOK account: Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer, Ross Montour, Onerahtokha Marquis. These interim arrangements have been made until portfolio allocations are assigned for the 2021-2024 term and a Mohawk Council Executive Directive appointing permanent appointments and signatories is adopted. Passed by Consensus.

Request for Decision: Gaming Working Group Renewal
Deferred to the next Council meeting scheduled for Monday, July 26th.

Discussions/Updates

  • Discussion took place on the ongoing grievance from an organized group of community members who are planning actions on removal of the remains of Father Lajoie, who is buried at the site of the St. Francis Xavier Church.
  • Discussion on the eligibility requirements surrounding benefit assistance provided from the Kahnawà:ke Emergency Relief Measures Fund.
  • Winona Polson-Lahache provided an update on behalf of Lloyd Phillips, to advise of an upcoming call for members for the Peacekeeper Ethics Committee (PEC). Prior to becoming newly elected, Ratsénhaienhs Arnold Boyer was a serving member on the committee, but is required to resign due to conflict of interest reasons, requiring recruitment of new PEC members.
Meeting stopped at 1:49pm for Council Orientation meetings. Resumed at 4:02pm and concluded at 5:24pm

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