The Lands Unit of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke is pleased to announce that it is launching an extensive Community information and consultation campaign over the next 30 weeks to address major land-related issues in Kahnawà:ke.
Various meetings, focus groups, surveys, and workshops are set to take place between February and September of this year to go along with educational materials. Cole McComber is leading ...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) wishes to announce that it has purchased ads in the two local newspapers as a notice to remind Kahnawa’kehrò:non of their obligations regarding the Kahnawà:ke Membership Law.
The MCK once again reiterates the position that the community clearly continues to support the eligibility requirements in the law and, more specifically, the original principles of the 1981 Morat...
The Public Relations unit of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) is announcing format changes to Kahnawà:ke Television (KTV) beginning this week. Keeping in line with people’s wish to receive their information in a timely manner, KTV will focus on airing segments as they are produced on both Kaná:takon TV (Paul′s 300 & 399) and its YouTube channel Kahnawak...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) wishes to advise community members that Revenu Québec has issued a new directive that is proving to be problematic for many Kahnawa’kehrò:non.
Revenu Québec has directed that all Aboriginals will need to use the releve 31 (“RL-31”) slip as proof of residency for owners, tenants and subtenants of an eligible dwelling located in an Aboriginal community to claim the housing compo...
Continuing with the mid-term updates from Chief & Council, KTV speaks to Ratsénhaienhs Bobby Patton. In the coming weeks, KTV will speak to all twelve chiefs for a mid-term report on what they've accomplished, major challenges and what they plan to tackle before 2018 rolls around.
MCK publishes Open Letters in local newspapers
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke has purchased ads in the two local newspapers and will place letters in all local mailboxes as a notice to remind Kahnawa’kehrò:non of their obligations regarding the Kahnawà:ke Membership Law and to non-Indigenous persons not eligible to reside in Kahnawà:ke.
The MCK reiterates its support for the Kahnawà:ke Membership Law in light of recent events regarding non-eligible, non-Indigenous individuals residing on the Territory in clear contravention of the law.
Chief & Council have issued an Open Letter to community members to clarify the MCK’s position on the matter. Another separate Open Letter is intended for the aforementioned non-eligible persons. Both are available below.
The MCK is preparing a plan of action to help alleviate some of the difficulties that surfaced in the aftermath of a series of community-organized meetings held on this topic. The creation of a formal engagement strategy will begin at the Community Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 16th.
In the meantime it was felt that the community should be reminded of the origins and history of the 2003 Kahnawà:ke Membership Law, the 1984 Mohawk Law on Membership and 1981 Moratorium on Mixed Marriages. As such, a pamphlet that was prepared for the current amendment process for the 2003 Kahnawà:ke Membership Law, also available below.
Additionally, a random survey of 360 Kahnawa’kehró:non conducted in 2011 is also being made available at www.kahnawake.com for the purposes of illustrating community sentiment on the topic of Membership. In response to the question, “Should the Kahnawà:ke Membership Law allow all non-Natives married to a Member to live in Kahnawà:ke?” 263 respondents (78%) totally or somewhat disagreed, with 76 respondents (22%) agreeing, somewhat agreeing, or totally agreeing. 21 people did not offer a response to this particular question.
“While the laws have changed over the years, the community has been remarkably consistent in its support of the residency requirements,” said Grand Chief Michael Ahríhron Delisle, Jr. “Chief & Council are obligated to uphold Kahnawà:ke laws, while always being mindful that there will always be those who aren’t in favor of the law and that we must listen to their concerns and suggestions. We ask that everyone remain peaceful and respectful during this emotional time.”