Special General Meeting vote rescheduled for August 24, 2019

TERRITORY OF AKWESASNE – The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne hereby gives notice that the proposed draft Akwesasne Financial Administration Law has been accepted in principle for enactment following the Akwesasne Legislative Enactment Regulation. Council has determined that enactment will be through a secret ballot vote at a Special General Meeting, which has been rescheduled for:

Saturday, August 24, 2019
Kanonhkwat’sheri:io Atrium (Kana:takon)
Special General Meeting start time 10:00 a.m.

Voting by secret ballot is open to Eligible Voters as determined by the Akwesasne Election Law, which includes a person at the time of voting who:

(a) has attained eighteen years of age
(b) is a resident in a district;
(c) is a member of the Mohawks of Akwesasne;
(d)is Onkwehonwe.

Contact the Chief Electoral Officer Leona Benedict to verify that you are on the voters list at 613-575-2250 ext. 2406 before the Special General Meeting.

Information Meetings regarding the draft Akwesasne Financial Administration Law will be held on the following dates, times and locations:

• District of Kawehno:ke — Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:00am-12:00pm at Kawehno:ke Recreation Center
• District of Kana:takon — Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6:00pm-8:00pm at Kana:takon Recreation Center
• District of Tsi Snaihne — Thursday, August 22, 2019 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Tsi Snaihne Recreation Center

Due to a lack of Eligible Voters present at the first Special General Meeting scheduled for this vote, the meeting could not be called to order. Therefore, the vote asking the community if they approve the Akwesasne Financial Administration Law was not held. The proposed Financial Administration Law supports sound financial administration practices by modernizing the rules dealing with financial management. Providing better rules for financial accountability will increase transparency and accountability to the Akwesasne community.

The proposed draft law completed Phase III of the Akwesasne Legislative Enactment Regulation – Community Consultation in April 2019. Community comments received were compiled into a report for review and recommendation by the Akwesasne Legislative Commission, followed by a second legal review and input from the Working Task Group.

To start the meeting at 10:00am a quorum of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (e.g. minimum of 7 Council members) and an addition of at least twenty-five (25) Eligible Voters are needed to be present. If there is not twenty-five (25) Eligible Voters present in addition to Council quorum within fifteen (15) minutes of the scheduled start time, the meeting cannot be called to order. If at this second Special General Meeting the attendance threshold is still not met, the Akwesasne Financial Administration Law will be considered rejected.

If by 10:15am on Saturday, August 24, 2019 there is at least twenty-five (25) Eligible Voters present in addition to Council quorum, the meeting will begin. A summary of the Akwesasne Financial Administration Law will be read, followed by a motion from Council calling for the vote to take place. The secret ballot vote will be conducted by Chief Electoral Officer Leona Benedict and her Deputy Electoral Officers.

Eligible Voters interested in voting may enter the meeting any time after the start of the meeting to vote. Council quorum must be maintained for the duration of the meeting. At 12:00pm, the voting period will end and a second motion will be passed closing the voting process after all Eligible Voters in the room have voted.

A full copy of the law, and a Community Notice was mailed to every household in the Districts in June 2019. If you did not receive a copy in your mailbox, or are interested in picking up the information package directly, you can request these documents at the Akwesasne Justice Department 613-575-2250 ext. 2400. You can also access these documents online at http://www.akwesasne.ca/justice/legislative-development/akwesasne-financial-administration-law/

For more information on the proposed Akwesasne Financial Administration Law, please contact:

Kyrie Ransom, Justice Coordinator
Akwesasne Justice Department
613-575-2250 ext. 2403
15 Akwesasne Street
Akwesasne, Quebec H0M 1A0


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 http://www.akwesasne.ca/mohawks-of-akwesasne-community-settlement-trust/ or by requesting one by email at applications.akwtrust@gmail.com.

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 applications.akwtrust@gmail.com 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: http://bit.ly/SCIS-MRZ_FactSheet

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: http://www.akwesasne.ca/justice/legislative-development/ 

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

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