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OtióhkwaKahnawà:ke is one of the eight communities that make up the Mohawk Nation. The traditional territory of the Mohawk extends through vast regions of what is currently referred to as Quebec, Ontario, and the north eastern United States. This traditional territory has never been ceded, leaving full Mohawk title and interests intact. The community of Kahnawà:ke is situated along the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River, across from the City of Montreal. Kahnawà:ke has a residential population of approximately 8,000, which has doubled since 1974.

The community is built on and has sustained its rich cultural background. Kahnawà:ke and its people have demonstrated resiliency and an ability to adapt to ever-changing circumstances over its history, including the many challenges the Indian Act has imposed. The community continues to strengthen its links to its proud heritage, and takes enormous pride in being one of the most thriving Indigenous communities in Canada.

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke is the organization that provides governmental, administrative, and operational services to the community of Kahnawà:ke. The organizational structure of the MCK is comprised of two main sectors: political and administrative/operational. The political sector of the MCK is comprised of the Council of Chiefs and the Office of the Council of Chiefs. The Council of Chiefs is the primary governing body of the MCK and provides political direction on matters concerning Kahnawà:ke and its affairs. The Office of the Council of Chiefs (OCC) provides support services to the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke Chiefs. Those services include negotiation, advisory, technical and general supports. The MCK is also indirectly linked to most of the community’s main organizations through the Executive Directors Committee.

The MCK’s administrative and operational units include the following areas:

  • Executive Office:
    • Strategic and Organizational Development
    • Public Relations
    • Legal Services
    • Human Resources
    • Information and Records Management
    • Finance and Asset Management
  • Operations:
    • Infrastructure Services - Capital and Public Works
    • Lands and Environment
    • Client Based Services - Recreation, Social Assistance, Housing and Membership, Kanien’kéha Language & Culture
    • Labor Office - Workmen’s Compensation and Qualifications
  • Public Safety
  • Justice Services, including the Court of Kahnawà:ke

As MCK moves forward, the organization will continually have to adapt to the ever-changing challenges, issues, and needs of the community.

View the MCK Organigram (May 2018)

“The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke supports the community’s Vision by partnering with Kahnawà:ke for a strong Kanien’kehá:ka identity and prosperous community”.

“It is our mission to protect Kahnawà:ke’s interests, build resources, provide quality services and govern our affairs”.


  • Respect for land, community and work place
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Preservation of language and culture
  • Integrity and professionalism
  • Commitment, innovation and resourcefulness that strives for prosperity
  • Collaboration and effective communications
  • Stability and viability of the organization
  • Quality service delivery for collective benefit
  • Visionary decision-making for generations to come

The vision, mission and values are core fundamental driving forces that will guide the organization in the direction it is heading over the next five years.

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