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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, 17 Tsothóhrha/December 2018

In: Ratitsénhaienhs Joe Norton, Rhonda Kirby, Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer, Lloyd Phillips, Tonya Perron, Mike Delisle Jr., Harry Rice, Carl Horn (left meeting when Updates began), Ross Montour, and Gina Deer (left due to family matter during Updates)

Out: Lindsay LeBorgne (Vacation), and Clinton Phillips (Vacation)

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


• Cheque Signers: Rhonda Kirby & Michael Delisle, Jr.
• Reading into the Minutes: Multi-Year Funding Agreement #1112-03-000003, Amendment #42
• Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer: Monday: Press conference and meeting for UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages; Tuesday: S-3 amendments to Indian Act focus group; internal MCK S-3 info session; Vacation Day on Friday
• Ross Montour: Wednesday: meeting on Mercier Bridge Geotechnical Survey with Fisheries & Oceans Canada (with Tonya Perron)
• Tonya Perron: Tuesday: Réseau Express Métropolitain (Montreal’s express transit rail line) consultation meeting; Vacation Days on Thursday & Friday
• Rhonda Kirby: Tuesday: Women’s Group meeting
• Gina Deer: Vacation Days from Tuesday to Friday
• Joe Norton: Vacation Days from Tuesday to Friday

Formal Agenda Items

Mohawk Council Executive Directive: Renewal of Term Sheet
Presence of Eric Doucet (MCK Legal Services) and Onerahtokha Karlie Marquis. Client/Attorney Privileged

Mohawk Council Executive Directive: Client-Based Services Committee Organizational Representatives
Presence of Caroline McComber. Update of Organizational Representatives for Client-Based Services Committee to reflect new appointees. The Committee consists of representatives from the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke, Kahnawà:ke Education Center, Tewatohnhi’saktha, and Kahnawà:ke Shakotiia’takéhnhas Community Services. Passed unanimously

Mohawk Council Executive Directive: Extension of Policing Agreement
Extension of Policing Agreement between the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke and the Governments of Canada and Québec for fiscal year 2018-2019. Passed unanimously

Other Mohawk Council Executive Directives

None submitted


• Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer brought forth proposal to take over responsibility for the proposed Kahnawà:ke Residency Law from Rhonda Kirby, as Residency falls under the auspices of the Membership Portfolio. All in agreement
• Harry Rice updated on recent meeting with Parks Canada, at which there was agreement to improve the relationship between Parks Canada and Indigenous people
• Harry Rice and Ross Montour provided update on Education matters
• Public Safety Commissioner Ron Skye spoke briefly on today’s passage of the Extension of the Policing Agreement and provided certain recommendations that were well-received
• Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer updated on Kahnawà:ke/Canada Relations discussions and issues
• Mike Delisle, Jr. provided an update on various matters regarding Tewatohnhi’saktha
• Ross Montour provided an update on several meetings attended in recent weeks regarding Specific Claims and various Consultations matters
• Joe Norton informed the table that the Iroquois Caucus will be engaging in a conference call in January regarding Cannabis
• Joe Norton updated the table on a meeting last week with Federal Member of Parliament Marc Miller, which focused on relationship issues between Kahnawà:ke and Canada
• Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer informed Chief & Council that Canada’s S-3 Consultation Process will take place in late January 2019, reiterating the MCK’s position against Canada’s process
• Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer brought up an issue regarding Council members who leave the Monday Council meetings before they are concluded, without informing the table. Grand Chief will issue a reminder regarding Chiefs’ obligations in this regard
• Tonya Perron provided an update on the eleven Consultation files she shares with Ross Montour, explaining that requests/notices continue to arrive, and that there is a need to increase resources to accommodate the requests. She also updated on the Kahnawà:ke Legislative Coordinating Commission and its activities, and recent developments at Justice Services
• Rhonda Kirby brought forth updates on issues regarding local; Day Care operations, the proposed access to certain Highway 30 lands from Route 207; and scheduling delays for the Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre’s expansion/ renovation project. She also informed the table that she will be participating in a course on Traditional Healing, taking place in Akwesasne on Wednesday afternoons for a period of eight weeks during which she will leave the office at 2pm

Meeting ended at 12:15pm

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