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

By-election coming as chief departs

Courtesy Alan John Rice Chief Alan John Rice has stepped down from the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK), moving to a new position as MCK’s executive operations officer. Rice will replace Kevin Kennedy, who recently retired from the role after several years of service. He is expected to begin his role

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

Forensic audit alleges misuse of federal aid

On Tuesday evening (July 12), at a special community meeting, Kanehsata’kehró:non were told that COVID-19 federal aid money had allegedly been misappropriated by the Kanesatake Emergency Response Unit (ERU). During the meeting, Mohawk Council of Kanesatake (MCK) grand chief Victor Bonspille, along with the Kanesatake Health Center’s (KHC) board of

Bill 96’s adoption points to action

Courtesy Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer Despite weeks of mounting protest and outrage in Kahnawake and other First Nations, Bill 96 has passed in the National Assembly without an exemption for Indigenous communities in Quebec. While the broad French language bill was widely expected to pass without accommodations after Quebec ministers refused to acknowledge

Kanesatake meeting seeks to resolve internal conflicts

A community meeting called by the people was held last Thursday night in Kanesatake, in response to the majority of chiefs on Council not attending the previous meeting. “This meeting was called by you guys, not me and not by Council. This meeting was called because, at last week’s meeting,

Council chief attends impact conference

Courtesy Morgan Phillips Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) chief Ross Montour attended the annual International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Conference in Vancouver last week. Montour delivered a presentation at the conference, which ran from May 4-7, where he addressed the cumulative impacts that the St. Lawrence Seaway project has had

Culture more than a political priority

When the current Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) chiefs announced three core priorities to serve as their north star through the remainder of the term, language and cultural revitalization was at the very top of the list. This came as no surprise. The struggle against colonialism is, in one way

Last-minute community meeting irks locals

“The meeting was all over the place. There was a lot of commotion. There were a lot of arguments. People talking over each other. It really went back and forth,” said Kanehsata’kehró:non Anientha Simon. Simon is referring to the short-notice community meeting that was announced on Monday and held on