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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.

** Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton passed away on August 14, 2020. The position for Grand Chief will not be replaced until the next election.**

COMMUNIQUE – Monday, 19 Kenténha/October 2020


In: Ratitsénhaienhs Tonya Perron (Chairperson), Cody Diabo & Frankie McComber (at MCK Main Office); Harry Rice, Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer, Rhonda Kirby, Mike Delisle, Jr., Lindsay LeBorgne & Clinton Phillips (via Teleconference); Gina Deer (via Teleconference, arrived at 11:25am from ‘Legislation to Implement UNDRIP’ meeting)

Out: Ratsénhaienhs Ross Montour (attending Engagement Session – Legislation to Implement UNDRIP)

Also Present: Trina Diabo-Jacobs (Council Meeting Administrator), Dwaine White (General Manager, Office of the Council of Chiefs) & Joe Delaronde (Public Relations)

House Keeping     

  • Cheque signers: Nitsénhaiehns Rhonda Kirby & Lindsay LeBorgne
  • Minute Acceptance, October 5, 2020
  • Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) interview with Past & Present Chiefs, by Consultant Patricia Falope. Initiative to gain insight on CIF’s level of success
  • Request by Member of the National Assembly (Quebec) for Chateauguay, Marie-Chantal Chassé, to meet with Council. Tentative date set for November 3, 2020
  • Wednesday: COVID-19 Task Force Update
  • Tonya Perron: Wednesday: Consultation meetings (2), and Governance Portfolio meeting; Thursday: Consultation meeting, prep session for upcoming meeting with new Quebec Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs (with
  • Gina Deer), and Kahnawà:ke Legislative Coordinating Commission working group meeting; Friday: internal Quebec/Kahnawà:ke Relations (QKR) Cannabis file meeting, and Administrative Tribunal technical drafting team meeting
  • Cody Diabo: Thursday: Aquaponics, and Asbestos Working Group meetings; Friday: Kahnawà:ke/Canada Relations (KCR)/Seigneury of Sault St. Louis prep meeting
  • Clinton Phillips: Thursday: Wellness Day
  • Harry Rice: Wednesday: COVID-19 Task Force meeting; Thursday: Peel Street Lights project meeting, and Kahnawà:ke Youth Center board meeting
  • Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer: Wednesday: Governance Portfolio meeting; Thursday: Intergovernmental Relations file, Transition team, and Peel Street Lights project meetings; Friday: KCR Lands/Environment meeting
  • Lindsay LeBorgne: Thursday: Hydro-Québec, and Transition team meetings
  • Mike Delisle, Jr.: Wednesday: Kahnawà:ke Gaming Commission, Kahnawà:ke Economic Relief Measures Fund, and Hydro-Québec meetings
  • Rhonda Kirby: Monday: Kahnawà:ke Shakotiia’takéhnhas Community Services board meeting; Wednesday: Health Portfolio meeting; Thursday: Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre, and Community Initiatives Fund meetings
  • Frankie McComber: Wednesday: COVID-19 Task Force meeting; Thursday: Asbestos Working Group meeting
  • Gina Deer: Tuesday: Wellness Day; Wednesday: QKR Framework, and KERM Fund meetings; Friday: QKR internal meeting

Formal Agenda Items

Mohawk Council Resolution: COVID-19 Task Force State of Emergency and Mandate Extension
Presence of Mary Lee Armstrong (Director, MCK Legal Services) & Lloyd Phillips. Lead Portfolio Chief: Frankie McComber. Request to extend the State of Emergency and Mandate of the Kahnawà:ke COVID-19 Task Force by an additional 30 days. Passed by Consensus

Additional Mohawk Council Executive Directives

None submitted

Council of Chiefs Updates

  • Frankie McComber updated on his trip to Six Nations to visit ill family members, resulting in a complaint sent to (and received by) Council from a community member. This complaint was discussed and will be addressed in a timely manner. Also updated on recent meetings regarding Algonquin hunting blockade, Mi’kmaq lobster dispute, and ‘Parcel E’ lands
  • Cody Diabo updated on matters related to Asbestos, and Aquaponics
  • Tonya Perron Updated on Cannabis matters, Bill-66, Parcel E Lands, and Consultation files, and Chiefs Uncut
  • Gina Deer Updated on Kahnawà:ke Economic Relief Measures (KERM) Fund, Tewatohnhi’saktha transition, and Bill-66
  • Harry Rice provided brief update on meeting with community member
  • Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer updated on Heritage Portfolio files, KERM Fund, and planned resumption of Language & Culture Network
  • Lindsay LeBorgne updated on work to address private citizen’s issue
  • Mike Delisle, Jr. updated on Hydro-Québec meeting, imminent resolution of internal (MCK) fuel tax issue with Revenu-Québec, Kahnawà:ke Gaming Commission, Mohawk Self Insurance, and K1037 MCK Friday appearance
  • Rhonda Kirby updated on Indian Day School Settlement matters, Health portfolio matters (funding problems for certain physiotherapy equipment), and road closures
  • Meeting ended at 11:50am

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