Action Plan regarding non-Natives illegally residing in Territory
On June 1, 2015, Chief & Council formalized and unanimously approved an action plan to address the issue of non-Natives residing illegally within the Territory.
The immediate goal of the plan is to engage the community in finding peaceful solutions to this issue as well as confirming the will of the people regarding Membership and Residency.
At a Chief & Council discussion on Friday, August 7th, it was decided that the 4th point "Conduct a referendum on the principle of non-Native residency" would no longer be necessary as part of the plan. The formal announcement that no referendum would be held was made on August 12th, 2015. Aside from the removal of that point, the remainder of the plan is unchanged.
The plan includes the following action steps:
Public education package on Membership and its history
Education on the rationale behind Membership to external communities and media
Establish discussion forums on all aspects of the issue
Conduct a referendum on the principle of non-Native residency
Assess the need to expedite the establishment of a separate Residency Law
In parallel, Chief & Council will be reaching out to Traditional representatives to ensure that all leadership is engaged in the citizenship/Membership discussion. (To date, the MCK has met with the Mohawk Trail Longhouse and is awaiting a response from the Mohawk Nation Office)
A series of brief videos providing ‘snapshot’ views on the history of Membership will be broadcast on Paul’s Cable, YouTube and can be viewed below. The videos will be released weekly.
Residency Snapshots (video)
Membership Portfolio Chiefs Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer and Arlene Jacobs introduce, explain and discuss the series of Residency information videos that were introduced on a weekly basis throughout the Fall of 2015.
Background of Membership - Presentation by Ottawa of University Professor, Daniel Rueck. Presented by C.O.R.E.