Call For Referendum – Tsi:karistisere/Dundee Land Claim

REFERENDUM CALLED FOR TSIKARISTISERE/DUNDEE CLAIM
SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

TERRITORY OF AKWESASNE – The Chief Referendum Officer (Chief Electoral Officer)
Leona Benedict hereby gives notice of an upcoming referendum on the
Tsikaristisere/Dundee Claim Settlement Agreement. In accordance with the terms of the
Settlement Agreement, the ballot question for this referendum is:

‘As a Voter of the Mohawks of Akwesasne, do you:

(a) approve the terms and conditions of the Tsikaristisere/Dundee Claim Settlement
Agreement initialed by the negotiators for the Mohawks of Akwesasne and Canada, which
settles and releases the Tsikaristisere/Dundee Claim; and

(b) authorize and direct the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne to execute all documents and
do everything necessary to give effect to the Tsikaristisere/Dundee Claim Settlement
Agreement?’

The Mohawks of Akwesasne presented the Tsikaristisere/Dundee Land Claim to the
Government of Canada in 1981 under the Specific Claims Policy. The claim was first
accepted for negotiation in 1988. A revised claim was presented in 1998 and accepted for
negotiation in 2002. In April 2015, the Government of Canada made a global settlement
offer of $239,808,436 for a full and final settlement of the claim. The offer was based on a
careful consideration of the facts, evidence, and arguments of the Mohawk Council of
Akwesasne and the Government of Canada. Following the settlement offer, the parties have continued negotiations on the terms and conditions of a Final Settlement Agreement. In addition to the compensation that will be paid by the Government of Canada, the Mohawks of Akwesasne will have the opportunity to expand their reserve lands by adding up to 18,282 acres of land under Canada’s Additions to Reserve (ATR) policy. The lands will be acquired by the Mohawks of Akwesasne from willing sellers in Quebec and Ontario.

The Settlement Agreement will only be signed with the approval of the community by
referendum. The referendum on the Tsikaristisere/Dundee Claim Settlement Agreement
will be conducted through referendum polling stations on Saturday, December 8, 2018
from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • District of Kawehno:ke –Kawehno:ke Recreation Center
  • District of Tsi Snaihne – Tsi Snaihne Recreation Center
  • District of Kana:takon – Kana:takon Recreation Center
  • Southern Portion of Akwesasne – Location to be announced once confirmed

Unassisted Online Voting for this referendum will open on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. EST and will close on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Referendum Officers will be going Door-to-Door throughout Akwesasne to assist Eligible Referendum Voters with completing their ballots from Monday, October 1, 2018 through December, 7, 2018. Contact the Chief Referendum Officer to schedule an appointment with a Referendum Officer for assistance in Online Voting, or to make arrangements for a Mohawk Language Interpreter or Sign Language Interpreter.

Instructions for Online Voting can be obtained by contacting the Chief Referendum Officer
or visiting the following website www.akwesasne.ca/referendum.

Eligibility to participate in this referendum on the Tsikaristisere/Dundee Claim Settlement
Agreement is as follows:

  • Persons who at the time of voting are Members of the Mohawks of Akwesasne.
  • Persons who at the time of voting have attained eighteen (18) years of age.

Members must be listed on the Referendum Voters List in order to participate in this
referendum. If an individual meets the eligibility criteria to participate in the referendum
and are not on the referendum voters list, those individuals need to contact the Chief
Referendum Officer to have their name added to the list. The deadline to add or remove
names to the Referendum Voters List is Monday, September 24, 2018 at 5:00pm.
Referendum Voters Lists will be placed at the following locations:

  • District of Kawehno:ke – Bank of Montreal, Jocks Convenience Store, Express Gas
  • District of Tsi Snaihne – Iohahi:io Adult Education Centre, OK Den
  • District of Kana:takon – Post Office, Butters Quick Stop, Village Check Cashing
  • Southern Portion of Akwesasne – Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Administration Building Lobby, Tsi Tetewatatkens – Office for the Aging

The referendum on the Tsikaristisere/Dundee Claim Settlement Agreement will close on
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST. The results from the Online Voting period
will be read on December 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. EST and counting of the ballots cast at the
Referendum Polling Stations will commence at the St. Regis Recreation Centre. After
counting has concluded the unofficial results of the referendum will be released by the
Chief Referendum Officer to local media outlets and will be posted on the Mohawk Council
of Akwesasne’s website and Facebook page.

For more information for the referendum on the Tsikaristisere/Dundee Claim Settlement
Agreement or for a copy of the Tsikaristisere/Dundee Claim Settlement Agreement or
referendum regulation, please contact the Chief Referendum Officer Leona Benedict by
telephone at 613-575-2250 ext. 2406, by facsimile at 613-575-1726 or by email at
leona.benedict@akwesasne.ca.

2018 Founders Cup Lacrosse Event – Akwesasne A’nowara’ko:wa Arena

The Akwesasne Mohawk Medicine Men, MCA Department of Tehotiiennawakon and Department of Technical Services and our Akwesasne community proudly hosted the 2018 Founder Cup from August 13 – August 18.
Nia:wen to all those involved who helped make this lacrosse championship a great success!

2018 FOUNDERS CUP LACROSSE EVENT – AKWESASNE
A’NOWARA’KO:WA ARENA

The Akwesasne Mohawk Medicine Men, MCA Department of Tehotiiennawakon and
Department of Technical Services and our Akwesasne community proudly hosted the 2018
Founder Cup August 13th – 18th. The 2018’ Founder’s Cup Jr. B National Lacrosse Championships consisted of eight eager teams that were here to compete for the National Jr. B lacrosse championships. They were teams representing British Columbia, Alberta,
Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, First Nation Lacrosse Seneca War chiefs and the Mohawk Medicine Men. They played with their hearts and the team that was physically, emotionally and mentally prepared was crowned the 2018’ Founder’s Cup Jr. B National Champions, the Elora Mohawks representing the province of Ontario.

Founders Cup meetings began June 19th with the confirmation from the Mohawk Medicine men organization that Akwesasne would be the venue for 2018’ National Jr. B Founder’s Cup lacrosse championship. The Department of Tehotiiennawakon and Department of Technical Services quickly put themselves in gear and were key in ensuring the Arena was ready to host the tournament including installing the turf on July 6th, with the assistance of MCA Chiefs and cooperation of the Canada Border Services Agency and US Customs and Border Protection to ensure passage through the border was with minimal impacts on the traveling public, scheduling of transportation with the assistance of the Akwesasne Mohawk Board of Education for teams from airport and hotel to the arena venue, ensuring the health of players and the public with the assistance of the MCA Department of Health in stationing an ambulance at the Arena during the tournament, ensuring the safety of everyone through the cooperation of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police, obtaining corporate sponsorships and MCA’s Information Services in upgrading the Internet service at the arena to live-feed the lacrosse games. The weeklong event involved increased employment for Akwesasne, provided high-level Lacrosse entertainment, created memories, new partnerships and friendships. The Mohawk Medicine Men organized the tournament, coordinating with all of the teams, providing volunteers during the tournament, assisted in obtaining sponsors, and coordinated with the Canadian Lacrosse Association in holding the successful tournament.

On behalf of the Akwesasne Founders Cup Committee, we thank all our sponsors, the Mohawk Medicine Men, MCA District Chiefs, MCA’s Information Services, MCA Ambulance Service, AMPS, Tehotiiennawakon, DTS, AMBE, CBSA, CBP, Ontario East, and the Canadian Lacrosse Association for making the 2018 Founders Cup Jr. B National Lacrosse Championship event a great success! Congratulations to the champions, the Elora Mohawks from Ontario.

Survey ‒ Mohawks of Akwesasne Community Settlement Trust

The Akwesasne Community Settlement Trust has released their annual survey to gather the community’s input on where to utilize the funds for 2019.

 

Take the survey and be entered for a chance to win 1 of 2 $500 Visa gift cards! The survey can be submitted anonymously, but please include your name if you wish to be entered.

 

The drawing will take place in early January 2019.

 

Click here to take the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AkwesasneTrust2019

Elderberry Syrup Class On Thompson Island

Thompson Island will be hosting an elderberry syrup class on Friday, August 24 from 9 AM ‒ 4 PM.

 

The cost is $60 per person — this includes transportation by pontoon to Thompson Island, lunch and a hands-on lesson on how to harvest the berries and make the syrup. All participants will receive a jar of the elderberry syrup as well.

 

If you are interested, please inbox the Thompson Island Cultural Eco Tourism Camp directly, or call Jessica at 613-930-3941 or Norman at 613-551-0954.

 

All participants will need gloves, a knife and long pants.

Survey – Voices Of Children And Youth

The VOICES of Children and Youth is a research project that aims to look at child and youth injuries in Akwesasne, individual beliefs, perceptions and knowledge of injuries, where they are occurring in the community, and why.

 

This project is conducted by Dr. Rose-Alma J. McDonald (Akwesasronon Researcher and local project lead), Dr. Ian Pike (University of British Columbia) and Dr. Alison Macpherson (York University).

 

You are invited to participate in the VOICES project by completing our survey. It will take 5-10 minutes of your time. Your participation is entirely voluntary and confidential. Click on the following link to complete the survey:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VoicesAkwesasne

 

By participating in this survey you have a chance to win an iPad. You may confidentially provide your name and phone number for the draw for your participation in the survey. We will be taking responses via Survey Monkey between August 21, 2018 and September 4, 2018.

 

We will be contacting the winner no later than September 14, 2018.

 

For more information about this important study, please contact Dr. Rose-Alma McDonald at 613-575-2533 or send an email to rosealmamcdonald@sympatico.ca.

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