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MCK announces partial implementation of Kahnawake Residency Law


The Office of the Kanien�keh�:ka of Kahnaw�:ke Registry (KKR) wishes to inform the community that it will begin a partial implementation of the Kahnaw�:ke Residency Law that will allow residency applications for qualified persons not currently recognized on the KKR.

The permissions to reside include the following:

  • Approved Kahnaw�:ke Resident Authorization;
  • Residency Permit;
  • Work/Education Permit and;
  • Humanitarian Permit

The Approved Kahnaw�:ke Resident application is free of charge for the first year. All applications must include a criminal background check. Please note that this is only for applications; the complaints, compliance and eviction portions of the law will only be implemented at a later date.

Please contact the Office of the Kahnaw�:ke Kanien�keh�:ka Registry at 450-638-0500 if there are any questions, or to set up an appointment to pick up an application. (Please note that a Iori:wase podcast featuring Registrar Melanie Gilbert should help provide information and clarification on this matter.)

The Kahnaw�:ke Residency Law was passed in the summer of 2019, with the final seven (7) Regulations approved on September 20, 2020. Work continues to finalize all of the processes included in the Regulations.

The Kahnaw�:ke Residency Law can be viewed at The related Kanien�keh�:ka of Kahnaw�:ke Law (formerly the Kahnaw�:ke Membership Law) is also available for viewing at the same site.

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