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

Kanesatake Council in disarray

Kanehsata’kehró:non were shocked by the lack of decorum among Mohawk Council of Kanesatake (MCK) chiefs during a community meeting on April 12. Tensions were high as MCK grand chief Victor Akwirente Bonspille accused a few of his Council chiefs, namely chief Brant Etienne, of what essentially amounts to insubordination regarding

Feds pledge $16 million for cultural centre

Left to right: MCK grand chief Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer, KOR executive director Lisa Phillips and minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller at the funding announcement. Representing a major step forward in the project to build a new cultural centre, museum and theatre space in Kahnawake, it was announced Monday that the federal

Steady progress in housing

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) is tackling the housing crisis in the community head-on. During last week’s Council meeting, funding was allocated to improve the Housing Unit’s programs and services in order to meet the real needs of Kahnawa’kehró:non. According to the MCK, the money will fund a housing study

Cannabis concerns for community

After finally issuing its first cultivation license last December, the Kahnawake Cannabis Control Board (KCCB) continues to move along in its day-to-day operations with the ultimate goal of opening the industry to the general public. But it’s been a struggle, to say the least, especially on the political side of

Tomlinson steps down as chief

Teiawenniserate Jeremy Tomlinson is proof that with every ending comes a new beginning. The elected Mohawk Council of Kanesatake (MCK) chief is officially leaving the office he has been part of since August to join the Kanesatake Health Center (KHC) where he has accepted the position of executive director. “It

Dissecting the asbestos file

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) finally released the long-awaited executive summary of the Asbestos Civil Investigation’s final report. However, many unanswered questions remain regarding accountability, decision-making, and transparency. Last Friday, MCK executive director Onerahtókha (Karlie) Marquis, chief Cody Diabo and the investigation’s community observer Doug Lahache participated in a press