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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, 11 Ohiarihkó:wa/July 2017

The following is a synopsis of the latest Council Meeting

In: Ratitsénhaienhs Joe Norton, Rhonda Kirby, Martin Leborgne, Kenneth McComber (arrived at 9:40), Clinton Phillips, Christine Zachary-Deom, Bobby Patton, Arlene Jacobs, Gina Deer

Absent: Billy Diabo, Carl Horn, Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer (vacation)

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

House Keeping

• Council disciplinary measures discussion Thursday
• Gina Deer: Monday Gas Retailers meeting (with Rhonda Kirby); Thursday Policing Conference, Walking With our Sisters & Tewatohnhi’saktha board meeting; Friday Quebec/Canada Relations
• Arlene Jacobs: Tuesday Lands meeting; Wednesday Kahnawà:ke/Canada governance workshop (with Clinton Phillips); Friday off in the afternoon
• Christine Zachary-Deom: Tuesday Legal interview; OFF 2 weeks’ vacation July 17-28
• Bobby Patton: Various meetings related to Alcohol permits and issues. Setting-up progress meeting on hunting rights with Akwesásne.
• Clinton Phillips: Demolition Waste Recycling meeting Tuesday; Next Monday Kanawaki meeting; OUT Tuesday, July 18 to Friday, July 21
• Martin Leborgne: Friday on K103 Talkshow; Thursday meeting with Community member
• Joe Norton: OUT Thursday; Friday in Ottawa to meet with Lea Mackenzie, Chief of Staff, Office of the Minister of Justice & Attorney General of Canada
• Rhonda Kirby: Friday Quebec/Kahnawà:ke Relations meeting; OUT all next week for North American Indigenous Games (Toronto)
• Cheque signers: Arlene Jacobs & Kenneth McComber

Formal Agenda Items

Request for Decision, Mohawk Council Executive Directive: New Project AIF Submission
Presence of Barbara McComber & Tammy Delaronde. Tewatohnhi’saktha.
Required Council support for an AIF funding request. Proposal by a Community member for a Quality Inn Hotel, to be located on Route 207. Passed unanimously.

Request for Decision, Mohawk Council Executive Directive: MSI Appeals Process
Presence of Joel Jacobs, Mohawk Self-Insurance
Kahnawake Labor Office Director Michael O’Brian and Labor Portfolio Chief Rhonda Kirby to act on MSI Appeals. Unanimous Approved in Principal, pending minor re-wording.

Request for Decision: Return of lands
Presence of Martin Stacey & Jean Guimond, Lands.
Original lot holders of the lands in question had previously been compensated. The land in question is common. Request denied.

Request for Decision, Mohawk Council Executive Directive: 3 Vehicles Financing
Presence of Karlie Marquis, Finance
Financing of 3 vehicles (2 Public Works replacement trucks and one Animal Protection vehicle). Passed unanimously

Request for Decision: Kahnawake Sustainable Energies
Presence of Kyle Delisle and Bud Morris, Kahnawake Sustainable Energies & Lloyd Phillips, MCK Technician
Letter of Intent with Kruger Energy. Passed Unanimously. Details not to be disclosed at this time.

Other Mohawk Council Executive Directives

  • Reading into the minutes: INAC MYFA Agreement (Finance) Amendment (passed unanimously)
  • Land Allotment (passed unanimously)
  • Chief Selection to sit on Working Group with the Kahnawà:ke Business Coalition: Joe Norton, Rhonda Kirby, Gina Deer selected (all 3 accepted). Passed unanimously


  • Discussion on loose dog problems
  • Several recent alcohol related incidents
  • ABC Permits discussion
  • Mikinak fraud discussion
  • Joe Norton updated the table on his meetings the previous week with Premiere Phillipe Couillard and Minister Geoff Kelly, as well as meetings in Niagara Falls on Border Crossing issues
  • Christine Zachary Deom updated the table on the new Montreal city Flag working group. No details were shared. The city will make a decision September 13 and unveil the new flag sometime after that

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