Kanesatake grand chief suspends by-election

File photo Grand chief Victor Bonspille personally instructed PlanIT to delay the upcoming Mohawk Council of Kanesatake (MCK) by-election until further notice, according to the chief electoral officer. The shocking disruption came last Saturday, September 17, smack in the middle of an advance poll that was shuttered after votes had already

Infighting at Council escalates

File photo The situation between elected officials at the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake (MCK) appears to be unravelling. On Friday, September 16, another altercation occurred that led to the arrest of chief Brant Etienne for allegedly assaulting chief Valerie Bonspille. Etienne and chief Amy Beauvais told The Eastern Door that this latest

Election appeal board looms for Simon

File photo Two members of a newly-formed appeal board - enough to form a majority - publicly agreed with a Facebook post criticizing Serge Otsi Simon’s candidacy for the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake (MCK) by-election and the by-election’s timing in general. The appeal board sweeping powers to disqualify candidates and invalidate election

E.coli concerns at Recreation Bay

A recent announcement that Recreation Bay Beach was to remain closed for the rest of the season due to an E.coli outbreak came only two days after the community was notified that it was safe to swim in it. An initial press release announcing the outbreak was sent out on

A legal victory against Bill 96

File photo An email with the subject line, “We won!!!” reached Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) chief Tonya Perron’s inbox while she was in a meeting two weeks ago. Perron was unable to immediately celebrate the news that the Quebec Superior Court had issued a ruling to suspend two provisions within

Legault meets with grand chief

Courtesy Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer Nearly three months after the passage of Bill 96 incited the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK)’s suspension of political cooperation with the province, MCK grand chief Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer met Tuesday with François Legault. It was the first time since being elected premier of Quebec in 2018 that Legault

Father Lajoie’s body exhumed

Diane Yeung The Eastern Door More than a year after she stepped forward, Patricia Kaniente Stacey watched from across the street as the remains of the late priest Léon Lajoie were exhumed. “Those 215 children brought this out of the people,” Stacey said. “The truth about what happened here.” After 215 unmarked children's

Survival School students get to adopt a river

Diane Yeung The Eastern Door Julie Delisle grew up learning about the waters in front of her home from her father and grandfather. This fall, she’ll be facilitating a pilot program for students in Kahnawake to learn about those same waters she’s grown to love. Delisle is the environmental education liaison at

Asbestos plan still not finalized

More than eight months after the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) accepted the final report of the Deloitte investigation into Kahnawake’s asbestos problem, a global remediation and management plan to remove it is still weeks away from being finalized. “I do get a lot of the frustration from the community, and