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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 –Wednesday, 11 Ohiarihkó:wa/July 2018

In: Ratitsénhaienhs Joseph Tokwiro Norton, Rhonda Kirby, Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer, Carl Horn, Clinton Phillips, Gina Deer, Tonya Perron, Mike Delisle, Jr., Lloyd Phillips, Harry Rice, Lindsay LeBorgne, and Ross Montour (all present)

Also Present: Trina Diabo-Jacobs (Council Meeting Administrator), Alana Goodleaf-Rice (Executive Director), Winona Polson-Lahache (Chief Political Advisor), Dwaine White (General Manager, Office of the Council of Chiefs), and Joe Delaronde (Public Relations)

Formal Agenda Items

Grand Chief Welcome
Grand Chief Norton welcoming address to the new Council.

Review of Declaration of Business Interests
Review of Declaration of Business Interests document signed before a Commissioner of Oaths upon becoming a candidate for the election. All were deemed to be in order.

Mohawk Council Executive Directive: Declaration of Office
Declaration to perform all duties required of Ratitsénhaienhs, bearing in mind that the primary duty is to serve the community, and to be answerable and accountable to Kahnawa’kehró:non, fellow Ratitsénhaienhs, and the MCK as an institution. Passed unanimously.

Signing of Privacy & Respect Agreement
Explanation/discussion of reasons for Privacy & Respect Agreement on confidential matters. All twelve members of Council signed the Agreement.

Update on Legal Matters (Housing)
Presence of Marylee Armstrong (MCK Legal Services), and Paul Rice. Client/Attorney privileged.

Discussion on Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke Disciplinary Measures Regulations 
Presence of Jean Pommainville (MCK Legal Services). Presentation on reasons for and processes of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke Disciplinary Measures Regulations.


  • Orientation discussions
  • Joe Norton & Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer will be attending Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly from 23-26 Ohiarihkó:wa/July in Vancouver
  • Tentative date of 9, Seskéha/August set for Ratitsénhaienhs ‘Picnic in the Park’ community engagement initiative
  • Joe Norton will travel to Ireland from 13-18 Seskéha/August to meet on Education relationship opportunities
  • Joe Norton & Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer to travel to Durban, South Africa from 21-25 to meet on funding for Kanien’kéha immersion programs  
  • Date for first ‘regular’ Council meeting has been scheduled for Monday, 10 Seskehkó:wa/September
  • Summer Community Meeting has been changed to 11, Seskehkó:wa/September
  • Meeting began at 10am and concluded at 4:14pm

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