In October of 2007 the Membership Department of the Social Development Unit released the report “A Review Of The Kahnawá:ke Membership Law”. One of the primary recommendations in the report was to commission an independent review to further investigate the processes, actions and authorities of the Council Of Elders. Organizational Development Services took on the operational review and the review was released to the community, the Social Development Unit and Chief and Council on June 2, 2008. To view a copy, see download menu on the right.
The Membership Department assists members of the community and various off-reserve clients by providing a variety of services related to the administration of membership and citizenship, including administration of the Mohawk Registry, support to the Council of Elders and the Membership Review Board.
Services provided involve:
- Registration of individuals or the modification of information on a person’s record with Indian Affairs including the issuance of Certificate of Indian Status Cards (Band Card).
- Assist individuals in modifying a birth record or completing a late registration for those who were never registered with the Province.
- Service to Traditional Individuals by providing documentation to Health & Welfare to ensure they receive health benefits.
The Membership Department also issues a wide variety of letters to deal with everyday issues, provide photo services for renewal of identification cards, research for genealogical purposes, statistical reports on population, and provide verification to other organizations to ensure services and benefits are received.
The Kahnawá:ke Membership Law was enacted in 2003 with the hope of creating a new way of approaching Membership in our community. Since the law has been in existence for over three full years, it was time for a full review of the law to highlight issues and concerns in the law itself as well as its administration and implementation. This report provides an overview of the Membership situation, highlights specific issues and provides recommendations for improvement.
To view the Membership Report, click on the link in the menu area to the right.
To view the Membership Law, click on the link in the menu area to the right.
Radio Interview with Grand Chief Michael Delisle Jr.; re: McIvor Decision
November 6, 2009
Tune in to an interview with Grand Chief Michael Delisle Jr. who discusses the recent British Columbia Supreme Court McIver vs Canada decision regarding Indian Status.
Clip 1: What is the McIvor decision?
Clip 2: It sounds like a good thing
Clip 3: What is the significance?
Clip 4: Any fear for the future?
Clip 5: What are the ramifications?
Clip 6: What is the overall sentiment?
Recent Press Releases & Documents
- McIvor vs. Canada (Registrar Indian and Northern Affairs Canada) - 04/06/2009
- Review of Kahnawá:ke Membership Law - 10/24/2009