MACHINE READABLE STATUS CARD SESSIONS

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:

TUESDAY, APRIL 16

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

  • 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.

MCA BY-ELECTION | NOMINATIONS FOR KAWEHNO:KE DISTRICT CHIEF

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.

AKWESASNE LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION 2019 PRIORITIZATION RESULTS

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
kyrie.ransom@akwesasne.ca
613-575-2250 ext. 2403


ONGOING DEVELOPMENT TO REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR CANNABIS INDUSTRY IN AKWESASNE

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.

VISITOR RESTRICTIONS AT IAKHIHSOHTHA DUE TO RESPIRATORY OUTBREAK

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.

INFORMATION MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR AKWESASNE FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION LAW

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne hereby gives notice of Information Meetings for the proposed draft Akwesasne Financial Administration Law on the following dates, times and locations:

• District of Kawehno:ke – Wednesday, February 20 | 6 PM – 8 PM | A’nowara’ko:wa Arena Turtle Room
• District of Kana:takon – Tuesday, March 26 | 6 PM – 8 PM | Kana:takon Recreation Center
• District of Tsi Snaihne – Wednesday, March 27 | 6 PM – 8 PM | Iohahiio Adult Education Center

The ‘Akwesasne Financial Administration Law’ Working Task Group has completed their mandate to develop a draft financial administration law. The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne accepted in principle the proposed draft law on November 28, 2016, for the purpose of Community Consultation (MCR 2016/2017-#224).

The ‘Akwesasne Financial Administration Law’ Working Task Group has completed their mandate to develop a draft financial administration law. The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne accepted in principle the proposed draft law on November 28, 2016, for the purpose of Community Consultation (MCR 2016/2017-#224).

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 will now proceed to Phase III of the Akwesasne Legislative Enactment Regulation – Community Consultation. Written comments on the draft law will be accepted at the Akwesasne Justice Department until March 29, 2019.

A 12-page summary of the proposed Akwesasne Financial Administration Law will be mailed to every household during the consultation period. If you do not receive a copy in your mailbox or are interested in the full version of the law, you can request a copy of either document to be mailed to you, personally. The full version of the proposed law is 52-pages in length. Contact the Akwesasne Justice Department at 613-575-2250 ext. 2400 with the relevant mailing address so a copy can be mailed to you. You can also access these documents online at www.akwesasne.ca.

Members are asked to review the proposed draft law prior to the Information Meetings. These meetings will provide community members the opportunity to ask the Working Task Group questions on the proposed draft law, as well as giving the community the opportunity to provide comments and suggestions.

The sessions will be recorded and the comments will be given to the Akwesasne Legislative Commission for consideration, who will then direct changes to be made to the law, followed by a secondary legal review.

At the conclusion of Phase III – Community Consultation under the Akwesasne Legislative Enactment Regulation, enactment of proposed Akwesasne Laws is by way of either a referendum vote or vote at a Special General Meeting.

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

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

MCA UPDATE ON CANNABIS LICENSING

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) passed the Akwesasne Interim Cannabis Regulation (MCR 2018 #212), which governs the possession, use, cultivation, sale, and distribution of cannabis in Akwesasne under the jurisdiction of the MCA. The regulation includes the requirement for cannabis-related businesses to obtain a license from the MCA. The Akwesasne Interim Cannabis Regulation took effect on October 17, 2018 when cannabis was legalized in Canada.

The interim regulation was enacted to reassure community members that their health and safety is the top priority of the MCA.  The Mohawk Council is working diligently to ensure that an orderly transition from cannabis prohibition to a regulated cannabis market in Akwesasne will occur under Akwesasne Regulations.

Beginning on October 17, 2018, the unlicensed commercial production, distribution, possession or sale of cannabis continues to be prohibited in Akwesasne. The provisions of the Akwesasne Interim Cannabis Regulation will be enforced and violations can lead to prosecution under applicable legislation. At the current time, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne has not issued any licenses under the Akwesasne Interim Cannabis Regulation.

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne will continue to work diligently to ensure that an orderly transition occurs in the coming months and that a fulsome law enactment process takes place for the development of an Akwesasne Cannabis Law. The MCA is also working to ensure any licensed operations in Akwesasne have access to a safe, creditable supplier of cannabis.

CALL OUT FOR PROJECT PROPOSALS FOR USE OF AVAILABLE TRUST FUNDS

The Mohawks of Akwesasne Community Settlement Trust (“Trust”) is seeking proposals for the use of funds available from the Trust for Community Projects and Community Benefits. Project proposals should be prepared based on the guidelines provided in the “2019 Trust Handbook” and using the actual form provided (“2019 Project Funding Application Form”). The Project Funding Application Form is available in fillable PDF format and in MS Word format and the budget schedule is also available in MS Excel format. The documents are available from the Akwesasne.ca website, the Trust’s Facebook page or from the Trust by sending an email to comm.akwtrust@gmail.com.

You are invited to submit your project proposals by Monday March 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm by email at applications.akwtrust@gmail.com or at the mailing address noted in the 2019 Trust Handbook.

The Trust will be holding a workshop session on Wednesday February 27, 2019 in the Turtle Room in the Health Medical Building in St. Regis. You are invited to attend this session (Attendance at this session is not mandatory in order to submit a project proposal).

If you have questions or require any additional assistance with your application, please feel free to contact the Trust at applications.akwtrust@gmail.com or any of the Trustees:

Trustee Name E-mail Phone contact
Patricia Adiaconitei adiaconitei@xplornet.com 613-551-4681
Amanda M. Jacobs nutjac_22@yahoo.com 518-651-1982
Hilda King hildamking@icloud.com 315-600-7913
Marie Seymour cleoz4@yahoo.com 315-323-2841
Wendy M. Thompson wendy.thompson16@hotmail.com 315-705-5429

Please note that this Call Out for Project Proposals is administered only by the Mohawks of Akwesasne Community Settlement Trust. MCA is not involved in this process and will not provide answer to questions and proposal should not be dropped off at MCA.

If you have questions or require any additional assistance with your application, please feel free to contact the Trust at applications.akwtrust@gmail.com.

Respectfully submitted,

Your Trustees – Wendy, Amanda, Patti, Marie and Hilda

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