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.


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

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


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.


File #: Respectively (A) Appellant (R) Respondent

  • 001-DSRR-12/18 (A) Scott Peters v (R ) MCA Chief Referendum Officer Leona Benedict
  • 002-DSRR-12/18 (A) Ronald M. Sunday v (R ) MCA Chief Referendum Officer Leona Benedict
  • 003-DSRR-12/18 (A) Steven Thompson v (R ) MCA Chief Referendum Officer Leona Benedict
  • 004-DSRR-12/18 (A) Virginia M. Johnson v (R ) MCA Chief Referendum Officer Leona Benedict
  • 005-DSRR-12/18 (A) Karla Ransom v (R ) MCA Chief Referendum Officer Leona Benedict

The Akwesasne Court received five (5) applications in regards to the Dundee Land Claim Settlement Agreement Special Referendum Regulation in accordance to the Regulation under section 19.1, on December 14, 2018 no later than 1:00 pm. In keeping with the Regulation Appeals section 19.1 under section 20.0 Procedure on Appeals 20.3 ‘The Akwesasne Court shall review the appeal, the reply, the response, if any and all supporting documents submitted under Article 19.0 within five (5) days of receipt from the Court Administrator to determine if the appeal meets the threshold to proceed to a full hearing.’

The Akwesasne Court Administrator, Cheryl Jacobs, noted that “Given the volume of documentation submitted with each application and the reply from the individually named respondents, our two sitting Akwesasne Court Justices have determined that as each file review has been concluded, they will make their determination, the review period identified in the Regulation will in effect go beyond that five day determination timeframe. The Court does have the authority to make the decision to effectively, review each file outside of the five day referendum regulation identified timeframe.” 

The Dundee Land Claim Settlement Agreement Special Referendum Regulation appeals are being reviewed individually at this time.  The community can be assured that the court is committed to providing a fair process and is working diligently to fulfill the court’s duties and responsibilities, while upholding and respecting the values of the Mohawks of Akwesasne.

Any full hearing determinations requires the Court Administration to administratively and effectively notify the parties involved.  As of Friday, January 25, 2019 there has been a determination reached on file #001-DSRR-12/18 Appellant Mr. Scott Peters v Respondent MCA Chief Referendum Officer Leona Benedict in which the Justices have determined the matter will proceed to a full hearing.

Further updates will be provided as each determination has been delivered to the Appellants and Respondent in the above noted cases.


Smart Akwesasne would like to invite community members to participate in a video interview to share their stories on living with diabetes and how they manage it. We are hoping to hear from a wide range of community members of all age groups including any men, women and children who are diabetic, pre-diabetic, or a caregiver of those living with diabetes, to gain an understanding on how they think the use of technology could help combat diabetes. Smart Akwesasne will be utilizing the information gathered in the final proposal development for the Infrastructure Canada — Smart Cities Challenge.

In June of 2018, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne was named one of five National Finalists for this Smart Cities Challenge, receiving $250,000 to further develop a final proposal which will award $5 Million to one of the five cities. The final city will be chosen in Spring 2019. For full and complete information on the Smart Cities Challenge, please visit

Anyone interested in participating may contact Smart Akwesasne Community Coordinator — Jillian Roundpoint, no later than February 8, 2019 at 5 p.m. to set up an interview. An honorarium will be given to all those who wish to participate in this interview phase. Interviews may be conducted within the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne — Communications Department, or at home interviews, by appointment.


Ontario Court of Justice COURT LOCATIONS:

  • Barrie (4)
  • Brampton (4)
  • Hamilton (1)
  • Kenora (1)
  • Kenora (Indigenous-1) Kitchener (2)
  • London (2)
  • London (Indigenous-1)
  • Milton (1)
  • Newmarket (2)
  • Newmarket (Bilingual-1)
  • Ottawa (2)
  • Ottawa (Bilingual-2)
  • Sioux Lookout (1)
  • St. Catharines (1)
  • Thunder Bay (1)
  • Timmins (Indigenous-1)
  • Toronto (3)

Please check for an updated listing of advertised vacancies.

At the request of the Attorney General and in accordance with the Justices of the Peace Act, the Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee invites applications for vacant Justice of the Peace positions in the Province of Ontario.

A Justice of the Peace is an independent judicial officer who presides in court over various proceedings under federal and provincial statutes. Applicants must meet minimum qualifications as set out in the Justices of the Peace Act.

The Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee reviews and evaluates applications and classifies candidates as “Not Qualified”, “Qualified” or “Highly Qualified”. Classifications are reported to the Attorney General, who recommends candidates for Order-in-Council appointments to the Ontario Court of Justice.

In addition to reflecting the diversity of Ontario’s population, applicants should also display the fundamental skills and abilities, personal characteristics and community awareness attributes set out in the Committee’s General Selection Criteria.

Bilingual positions require a high degree of proficiency in English as well as a superior level of oral and written proficiency in French. As Indigenous people comprise a large percentage of the population in the areas being serviced by the courts in Kenora, London and Timmins, we especially encourage people of Indigenous heritage and people with an in-depth understanding of Indigenous communities and the issues affecting those communities to apply for these vacancies.

For detailed information about these vacancies, minimum qualifications and General Selection Criteria, the required application form, and the Committee’s process, visit the website of the Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee at See the Committee’s website also to view future vacancies and application deadlines and to sign up for email notifications. Notifications will also be posted on Twitter (@ONAttorneyGen) and LinkedIN (Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General). Applications must be received by the end of business on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Applications that arrive after that date, regardless of when shipped, will NOT be accepted. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their application is received by the specified date.


PLEASE NOTE: The Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee is transitioning towards online unpaid advertising only.

Callout for Akwesasne Health Board Representatives

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Department of Health is seeking three (3) community representatives to sit on the Akwesasne Health Board 2019-2020 FY; one (1) member from Kana:takon District; One (1) member from the Kawehno:ke District and One (1) member from the Tsi Snaihne District.

To qualify for appointment to the Akwesasne Advisory Health Board a person must:

  • Be a registered member of Akwesasne or immediately eligible to be registered as a member under the Akwesasne Membership code (does not include probationary members);
  • have knowledge of Mohawk cultures and traditions;
  • have good character, credibility and reputation in the Akwesasne community;
  • Not be convicted of an indictable offense in Canada or a felony in the United States within 5 years prior to their appointment;
  • Reside in the District for which they were appointed, unless otherwise approved by the Board;
  • Have an adequate educational background or experience in the health field and possess an interest in health issues. For the youth representative, an interest in health issues satisfies this criterion;
  • Must not be an employee of the Department of Health.

Honorarium set by MCR guidelines for appointed Akwesasne Health Board members.

If interested please submit a letter of interest, outlining your qualifications and interest to or by dropping off your letter at the Kanonhkwat’sheri:io Health Facility, Attention: Department of Health Administration.

For more information or to pick up a Terms of Reference package, please contact Department of Health Administration office at 613-575-2341 ext. 3300.

DEADLINE: January 31, 2019 before 5:00 p.m.

SIXTIES SCOOP Class Action Settlement

Collectiva will hold Information Sessions on the Sixties Scoop Settlement Claim Process.

The Sixties Scoop Class Action concerns any registered Indian or person eligible to be registered or Inuit person who was adopted or made a permanent ward and was placed in the care of non-Indigenous foster or adoptive parents in Canada between January 1, 1951 and December 31, 1991, which resulted in the loss of cultural identity. Eligible class members could receive compensation between $25,000 and $50,000 depending on the overall number of eligible members.

Information Session

During the information session, class members will have access to professionals for answers to their questions, help in completing claim forms and financial wellness and planning presentation.

For the list of cities we will visit and for more information:

1 844 287-4270


The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is currently filling vacant seats on the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Commission (AMPC), for the district of Kawehno:ke and Tsi Snaihne, with a term of three (3) years.

To qualify for appointment to the AMPC, a candidate must:

be enrolled as a member of Akwesasne pursuant to the Akwesasne Membership Code (does not include probationary members);
be twenty-one (21) years of age or older; possess good character, credibility and reputation in the Akwesasne community;
must not be a member of Council, except for the District Chief appointed under section 3.2;
not have a criminal record relating to an indictable offence in Canada or a felony in the United States upon taking oath of office and must consent to a Level 1 Criminal Record Check through the SRMT Police Service and the AMPS and shall, with their application provide a sworn declaration that they have not been convicted of offences described under subsection 3.4 (e) of the Charter;
not have been removed from office pursuant to Section 16 of the AMPC Charter within the past five (5) years;
reside in the District from which they are appointed;
and must not be an officer or civilian employee nor have an immediate family member who is an officer or civilian staff of the AMPS and in the case of former employees of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service that person must have been removed for at least two (2) years prior to their appointment to the AMPC.

Interested candidates are required to state in letter form:

  • that they fulfill the above listed qualifications;
  • a brief description of your previous involvement in community affairs;
  • a summary of reasons you wish to become an Akwesasne Mohawk Police Commissioner;
  • and provide a Criminal Record Check from AMPS and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police.

In accordance with the Akwesasne Mohawk Policing Agreement and the AMPC Charter, all interested residents of Kawehno:ke and Tsi Snaihne are asked to submit completed package, no later than Thursday, January 31st, 2019.

Please submit packages to:
Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
Mohawk Government ATTN: Chelsea Francis
29 Third St, Akwesasne,
QC H0M 1A0
(G & L Building II in Kana:takon)


The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne invites the community to attend the following sessions to learn more of the amendments and offer comments on Bill S-3.

Bill S-3 legislation is an act to amend the Indian Act in response to the Superior Court of Quebec decision in Descheneaux versus Canada. The Bill (which deals with Indian registration & membership) received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017, and some parts took effect on December 22, 2017.

The amendments introduced addresses specific inequities identified in Descheneaux as well as other sex-based inequities. This included:

  • Flexibility in the types of evidence provided by applicants with an unknown or unstated parent, grandparent or other ancestor.

Bill S-3 also introduced provisions with a delayed implementation (since 2017), they include:

  • 1951 cut-off;
  • Second generation cut-off;
  • Issues related to adoption;
  • Continued federal role in determining Indian status.
  • Other areas open for discussion include categories in Indian registration, border crossing, impacts on language and culture, self-government, and the overall impacts of Bill S-3 will have on the community.


  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | A’nowara’ko:wa Arena (Turtle Room) | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For more information on the meetings, please contact Rachel Lazare (613-575-2250) or Dr. Dolly McDonald (

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