The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) is proud to announce the appointment of Heather Phillips to the position of Executive Director, effective June 24, 2019.

The Executive Director is responsible for directing day-to-day operations of the organization, providing strategic leadership to staff, improving community and external relations, assisting in governance implementation, managing risk, and promoting employee satisfaction. The Executive Director also ensures that the short and long-term goals of the organization and community are fulfilled.

Heather Phillips was born and raised in Akwesasne.  Along with her husband Darcy, she has two grown daughters, Jordan and Taylor, a granddaughter Darcie, as well as a dog and two cats that keep her company.

Ms. Heather Phillips’ educational background includes: an Electronics Engineering Diploma from St. Lawrence College, an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree with Laurentian University and the completion of the CGA-CPA designation. She is now completing her final course for a Masters of Business Administration. 

For the past 22 years, Ms. Phillips worked for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. She has maintained various roles in the organization including: IT Technician, IT Manager, Director of Housing, an assignment as the Acting Executive Director, and a term as an Assistant Comptroller.  Ms. Phillips will leave her position as the Assistant Comptroller in order to serve the Akwesasne community in the capacity of Executive Director.

Grand Chief Abram Benedict noted, “We are pleased to welcome Heather Phillips to the position of Executive Director for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. As the MCA continues to grow and improve, Heather’s long-term commitment to serving our community and vast experience within our organization will surely prove to be an asset in her new role. We are excited to have an Akwesasronon take on this important role and look forward to the continued great work that Heather always delivers.”

Heather Phillips noted her enthusiasm for her new position. “I am very excited to begin this new journey, and am hopeful that I can bring positive change to the services of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne.”

MCA is confident that our employees and community members will join us in welcoming Heather Phillips into her new role.

Applications for the 2019 Akwesasne Community Trust scholarships are now being accepted.

2019 Trust Scholarship Application

The Trustees of the Mohawks of Akwesasne Community Settlement Trust are pleased to announce that they will be granting ten (10) $2,500 Scholarships for full-time studies and five (5) $1,000 Scholarships for part-time studies for Akwesasronon who are attending Universities, Colleges or Technical Institutes. The Trustees reserve the right to reallocate funds between scholarships for full-time studies and part-time studies based on the applications received.

Who can apply for the Scholarship?

Any Akwesasronon member who is pursuing a post-secondary degree, and did not receive a grant from the 2018 Trust Scholarship program. A letter of confirmation of admission, a copy of an official transcript/report card and copy of a completed Membership Confirmed form signed by the Applicant are required.

What is the deadline for submitting an application?

The deadline is Friday, July 5, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Application Package Downloads

You can obtain an Information and application forms by visiting or by requesting one by email at

The form includes instructions for submitting an application and all documents that need to be included in the application.

If you have questions, please contact the Trust at or one of the Trustees by telephone.

  • Wendy Thompson (Chair) 315-705-5429
  • Amanda Jacobs (Vice Chair) 518-651-1982
  • Patricia Adiaconitei  613-551-4681
  • Hilda King 315-600-7913
  • Marie Seymour 315-323-2841
  • Michelle Smoke 518-333-6380

Do NOT contact Mohawk Council of Akwesasne with questions regarding the scholarship application process


OFFICE OF THE CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER Mohawk Council of Akwesasne By Election

Vanessa Adams nominated by: Tammy David seconded by Laura David Barnes

Lloyd Benedict Jr. nominated by: Jerome White seconded by Mary White

The deadline for candidates to accept their nomination is Wednesday May 1st 2019 on or before 12p.m. If needed a By Election will be held on Saturday June 1st 2019.

Leona Benedict/Chief Electoral Officer


The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne would like to invite the community to learn more from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) as they introduce a machine readable format on Secure Certificate of Indian Status cards. This has been done to help simplify the border crossing process for First Nations individuals using the status cards as a piece of identification at ports of entry (POE) between Canada and the United States.

Akwesasronon are encouraged to learn more about the machine readable status card at the following sessions:


  • Lunch & Learn | Kawehno:ke Recreation Center | 11:30 AM – 1 PM
  • Intake Session | Kawehno:ke Recreation Center | 5 PM – 7:30 PM


  • Intake Session | Kawehno:ke Recreation Center | 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Click here to access a fact sheet on the MRZ status cards:

For more information, please contact Mohawk Government at 613-575-2348. Please see attached.


A Mohawk Council of Akwesasne By-Election for the position of one (1) District Chief in the District of Kawehno:ke will be held on June 1, 2019. Nominations will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tri-District Elders Lodge on Kawehno:ke.

Therefore, a revised Voters List will be posted at the following locations:

  • Bank of Montreal
  • Jocks Store
  • Express Gas

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Chief Electoral Officer Leona Benedict at 613-575-2250 ext. 2406.


The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne has established an Akwesasne Legislative Commission to oversee, receive community input, and provide community guidance and direction in the development of Akwesasne Laws.

A Public Comment Session was held on October 18, 2018 to provide the Akwesasne community an opportunity to bring forward and/or identify any legislative needs. The Akwesasne Legislative Commission reviewed documentation relating to forty (40) proposed legislative development areas, including community input from the Public Comment Session, and the following are the ten (10) legislative development files selected for 2019 (listed alphabetically):

  • Akwesasne Cannabis Law
  • Akwesasne Child Welfare Law
  • Building Codes/Housing Law
  • Akwesasne Election Law – Amendment
  • Akwesasne Financial Administration Law
  • Akwesasne Land Law
  • Akwesasne Landlord Tenant Law
  • Prescription Drug/Controlled Substances/Akwesasne Drug Law – Amendment
  • Akwesasne Residency Law – Amendment
  • Akwesasne Water Law

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne provided the mandate to begin the process of enacting or amending the ten (10) legislative development files prioritized by the Akwesasne Legislative Commission for 2019. This community notice is being provided to inform the community that this work is being undertaken, and to provide an opportunity for the community to provide additional comments for the Akwesasne Legislative Commission to consider as they guide the development of legislation.

For a brief description of each legislative development file prioritized for 2019, visit the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne website: 

Once draft laws or amendments have been developed and approved for community consultation, the draft document will be brought to the community for review and feedback.

If you have any questions regarding this community notice or wish to submit comments or feedback to the Akwesasne Justice Department please send them to:

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

Attn.: Justice Coordinator/Akwesasne Legislative Commission

PO Box 90
Akwesasne QC H0M 1A1
613-575-2250 ext. 2403


On Friday, February 22 in Kana:takon, events took place that have caused concern for the safety and well-being of community members. While we continue to respect every individual’s right to peacefully demonstrate, we cannot condone aggressive behaviour, or acts of vandalism. The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s top priority is the safety of our community members and the well-being of Akwesasne as a whole. We ask that all Akwesasronon embrace ska’nikónri:io and use good minds as we work through these challenging and changing times.

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne approached the forecasted legalization of cannabis by initiating the development phase of a regulatory framework for the cannabis industry in Akwesasne. While we remain confident a regulatory system that our community and all stakeholders can embrace will be established, we continue to face unique challenges throughout its development.

Under the existing Canadian law, each province is responsible for the licensing of the retail sale of cannabis, while the federal government is responsible for the licensing of growers. There are no provincially licensed sellers of cannabis in our community.

The development of our regulatory framework will take place under Akwesasne authority, and any licensed sellers in Akwesasne will be licensed by Akwesasne, and not by a province of Canada. Going forward, one of the priority requirements of our community regulatory system will be to obtain a safe, credible, and reputable supply of cannabis for our retail stores. The Mohawk Council is working to find a solution to this challenge, without compromising community integrity, or entering into any provincial system to do so.

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne will continue working with community members to find solutions that will benefit, and not cause harm to, the community of Akwesasne.


Please be advised that the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Department of Health considers the safety of the Iakhihsohtha  residents, employees and community members’ one of our highest priorities. Effective immediately, visits to Iakhihsohtha will have the following restrictions until further notice to contain an respiratory outbreak:

  • Limit your visit to one resident only.
  • No children <12 years old (except for palliative care)
  • Clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub:
    • When you arrive and before leaving
    • After any contact with residents
    • After coughing and sneezing
  • Check with a nurse before visiting
  • Follow all posted guidelines to protect yourself and others
  • No group activities (ex. Bingo, folding, etc.)

We will assess the status of the outbreak on a daily basis and will lift visitor restrictions as soon as the risk to our residents, families, employees and community members has been minimized.

MCA Department of Health thanks the community in advance for their cooperation throughout this precautionary measure.

Immediate family members of Iakhihsohtha residents should contact the facility directly at (613) 575-2507 for further information.

Daily updates will be provided and posted and on the MCA Facebook page as well as the Community Health Facebook Page.

For more information please call the Community Health office at (613) 575-2341 Ext. 3220.

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