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

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

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

Environmental racism bill closer to becoming law

Last month, Bill C-226, An Act respecting the development of a national strategy to assess, prevent and address environmental racism and to advance environmental justice, passed second reading in the House of Commons. This private member’s bill, sponsored by member of Parliament (MP) and former Green Party of Canada leader

Art project installation complete

Courtesy Sarah Sookman An art project that saw 50 Indigenous portraits installed around Montreal - with a third of them depicting Kahnawa’kehró:non - was completed last weekend as the final portraits were installed at Concordia University and the Temple EmanuEl-Beth Sholom synagogue. The installation, called Indigenous Forced Displacement, features photos from

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