AMPS RELEASE – Search Warrant Results in Seizure and Arrest

This past Saturday night (December 22, 2018) the Integrated Drug & Crime Unit of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service executed a search warrant at a residence in the District of Tsi Snaihne (Snye). The late night raid was the result of an ongoing investigation into illicit drug trafficking. The warrant execution resulted in the seizure of various types of drugs, an undetermined quantity of currency as well as firearms. Two people were arrested for offences subject to the Cannabis Act, the Criminal Code of Canada as well as the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. 

Both subjects were remanded to custody and will appear on Thursday, December 27, 2018 for a bail hearing. 

Louis Francis, 36 and Valerie Ann Lazore, 40 were charged accordingly before the Valleyfield Provincial Court on the following charges:

  • Possession of cannabis for unlawful sale and distribution subject to the Cannabis Act
  • Two counts of production of cannabis by altering the chemical or physical properties of cannabis subject to the Cannabis Act
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine subject to the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act
  • Possession of a firearm without lawful possession subject to the Criminal Code
  • Unsafe storage of a firearm subject to the Criminal Code
Valerie Ann Lazore was additionally charged with obstructing police in the execution of duty subject to the Criminal Code.

According to Akwesasne Mohawk Police Chief Shawn Dulude, the search warrant was a success as there were items seized at the residence that corroborate the application of the judicial authorization.

“Search warrants are no easy task to obtain, a lot of investigative work is put into the process,” said Chief of Police Dulude. “This was a significant seizure as drugs and guns pose a real safety concern.”

Police seized a large quantity of drugs in various forms and types.

“It will be quite the task to process all the items seized but at this point, I can confirm that there were many seized exhibits that reflect drug trafficking,” added Chief Dulude.



The Akwesasne Workshop Committee is asking for your feedback regarding training needs
to assist in the development and design of community training programs. The Survey can be found online at and

Questions pertain to four areas:

• Education
• Employment
• Professional Development
• Entrepreneurship

At the end of the survey, participants can enter their name into a drawing to win a Ninja Food. Drawing to be held Monday, December 24th.

Survey link 


The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is announcing the retirement of its longtime Finance Comptroller Denise Collins after more than 30 years of service to MCA and the Akwesasne community.

“We will continue to be thankful to Denise for her years of service and for her dedication as an MCA employee,” said Executive Director Jordan Wapass.  “MCA has benefitted immensely from Denise’s contributions to the financial processes we use daily and the overall management of the budget. Her work will be appreciated for many years to come.”

Denise joined MCA permanently in 1988 as a head accountant, later named the Comptroller, overseeing the financial aspect of operations and projects for decades. She helped guide MCA through the rapid growth the organization has been experiencing since the 1980s, and she was a key player in the development of many MCA processes and policies.

Denise’s last official day is November 23, 2018.

Richard Fournier will serve as acting Comptroller until the position is posted and filled.

Nia:wen kowa Denise Collins and best wishes in your retirement.

Kawehnoke By-Election Official Nominations

OFFICIAL list of nominees from the Chief Electoral Officer for the Kawehno:ke District Chief By-Election for which nominations were held on Saturday, November 17.

The individuals have accepted their nomination in accordance with the deadline of 12 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21.


A by-election for the district of Kawehno:ke for one (1) district chief will be held on Saturday, December 22 at the Kawehno:ke Receation Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance polls will be held on Tuesday, December 11 and Tuesday, December 18 by appointment ONLY.


Voters lists will be posted at the following locations in Kawehno:ke:

  • Express Gas
  • Jocks Store
  • Bank of Montreal




  • Donna Delormier
  • Dennis Chaussi
  • Robert White
  • Rosemary Square
  • Victor Martin
  • Allie Oakes-McCumber
  • Vanessa Adams
  • Lloyd Benedict, Sr.
  • Fawn R. Cole-Leaf

A By Election for the District of Kawehnoke, for one(1) District Chief will be held on Saturday December 22, 2018 at the Kawehnoke Recreation Center from 9a.m. to 5p.m. Advance polls will be held on December 11, 2018 and December 18, 2018 by appointment only. Please call Leona Benedict Chief Electoral Officer at 613-575-2250 Ext. 2406 to make an appointment, or if you have any questions or concerns.















Due to the ongoing Canada Post Strike and the uncertainty of mail delivery and interruptions in Akwesasne in the territory of Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, the Community Support Program will NOT be using the postal service for mail delivery on the day of Thursday, November 29.

CSP will be setting up delivery sites in the three districts on November 29th, the day monthly income supports checks are released to community members as follows:


  • Kawehno:ke – A’nowara’ko:wa Arena (8 AM – 4 PM)
  • Kana:takon – Community Support Office Atrium (8 AM – 4 PM)
  • Tsi Snaihne – Iohahi:io (8 AM – 4 PM)


Please come to these designated sites to pick up your monthly check.  If you have a PO Box number and not a mailing address, please come to Kana:takon to pick up your check.  The Community Support Program is making every effort possible to accommodate you so you are able to get your check in a timely and efficient manner.  If you are disabled and unable to make it to any of the sites, we will do our best to ensure your check is delivered to you.

Please note: If you are on social assistance with Community Support, you are entitled to apply for the heating assistance.  If you have not done so already, please bring a heating bill with you and apply for the Akwesasne Heating Assistance Program at this time.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please call Community Support at (613) 575-2341 ext. 3262.



The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is notifying the community that the Akwesasne Heating Assistance Program has been extended to include Community Support Program (CSP) clients.


Mohawk Council passed MCR 2018/2019-#249 accepting revisions to the Heating Assistance Program Policy that states, “Based on the present rising fuel/energy costs, the heating assistance program will also be offered to the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Community Support Clients beginning this 2018-2019 season.”


Existing Community Support Program clients will receive the Akwesasne Heating Assistance automatically provided that they meet all the criteria listed in the application.


The Akwesasne Heating Assistance Program is funded by the Mohawks of Akwesasne Community Settlement Trust as well as through the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporations (OLG) funding.  The extension of the program to CSP clients will be funded through the OLG funds.


The Akwesasne Heating Assistance Program is open to all members of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne who reside in the MCA jurisdiction or the city of Cornwall.  An application must be completed if you are NOT a CSP client.


Applications are being accepted daily MondayFriday until Nov. 30th at the following locations:

  • Tsi Snaihne — Iohahi:io (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Kawehno:ke — A’nowara’ko:wa Arena (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Kana:takon — Kanonhkwat’sheri:io Health Facility Atrium (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)


Applications are also being accepted:

  • Saturday, Nov. 17th – Sweetgrass Manor Common Room from 8 am – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 24th – A’nowara’ko:wa Arena from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Please be sure to bring a copy of your heating bill. If you have any questions please contact the Community Support Program at 613-575-2341 Ext. 3262.


The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Environment Program, in partnership with Parks Canada Agency at the Thousand Islands National Park, would like to announce that the 2018 Deer Herd Reduction Program date is set for Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2.


Names of community members interested in harvesting white-tail deer for communal or personal use are being collected now until Friday, November 30.


Only 20 community members will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.


All participants must be over the age of 18 or be accompanied by a responsible adult and complete a Participant Information Package for the Winter of 2018. Packages must be received before November 30, 2018.


For packages and further information, please contact Curtis Lazore at 613-575-2250 ext. 1044 or stop in at the MCA Environment Offices at CIA #3 on Kawehno:ke.

Natural Gas and Expansion Project FAQ’s

What is Natural Gas?

  • Natural Gas is a colourless odourless naturally occurring gas consisting primarily of Methane (CH4) and is lighter than air. It was formed over millions of years when layers of decomposing plant and animal matter were exposed to intense heat and pressure under the surface of the Earth.

Why does it smell if it’s odourless?

  • The distinctive “rotten egg” smell is actually an odorant called mercaptan that is added to the gas added as a safety precaution to make it easier to detect in case of a leak.

Is Natural Gas a renewable resource?

  • Traditionally sourced Natural Gas is a fossil fuel and, in that context, it is not renewable. However, Methane, the main component of Natural Gas is a renewable resource. Bio-methane or bio-gas for short results from the anaerobic decay of organic matter (a natural process in which bacteria existing in an oxygen-free environment decompose organic matter) and is produced in swamps, marshes, and landfills, as well as by the treatment of waste materials such as sewage sludge, agricultural waste and manure by way of anaerobic digesters.  Many European countries inject this bio-methane or “renewable natural gas” after it is processed to remove impurities into the gas distribution systems offsetting their use of the traditional fossil fuel.

When was Natural Gas discovered?

  • Its hard to say when it was first discovered, however it is believed the power of Natural gas was first harnessed around 500 BC in Ancient China when crude bamboo pipelines were built to transport it from where its was seeping from the ground to where it was burned to boil sea water to extract salt.

Is Natural Gas safe?

  • Natural gas is one of the safest sources of energy and has an has an excellent safety record throughout the world. Gas Distribution Utilities continuously work with Government personnel and Industry participants such as manufacturers, suppliers and installers to develop industry safety standards and codes both for gas distribution and for appliance use. 
  • Natural gas is delivered safely through a network of buried steel and plastic pipelines and is delivered into homes and businesses at very low pressures. These networks include safety features such as strategically located shut-off valves as well as excess flow valves that automatically shut if they detect too much flow.
  • To prevent the buried pipelines from being damaged, gas distribution utilities all have extensive “Damage Prevention Awareness” programs and offer a free pipeline locating service for anyone who may be digging near a gas pipeline.
  • Natural Gas Utilities also have pro-active programs for inspection and maintenance of their infrastructure including “Leak Survey” programs whereby the entire network is physically surveyed with leak detection equipment.
  • Natural gas is also lighter than air and when unintentionally released outdoors it can safely dissipate into the atmosphere since it requires a source of ignition in order to ignite i.e. it cannot spontaneously combust.
  • In Ontario, all new pipelines must be approved by pipeline inspectors who are certified by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).
  • In Ontario, all natural gas appliance installation and service work must be completed by trained individuals who are certified by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)
  • In addition, most gas distribution utilities offer first responder training, mostly targeting Fire Departments, to ensure they are well equipped to deal with fires where Natural Gas is present.

Is Natural Gas a clean fuel?

  • The main products released when Natural Gas is burned are carbon dioxide and water vapor.  Because of its low carbon content, Natural Gas produces 20% less greenhouse gas emissions than Propane and 25% less than Fuel Oil.

What can I use Natural Gas for in my home and what appliances will run on Natural Gas?

  • Typical residential uses for Natural Gas are heating, hot water, cooking, clothes drying, outdoor cooking (BBQ), and pool heating. The appliances that enable this are gas furnaces, gas fireplaces, free-standing gas stoves, traditional and “on-demand or Instantaneous” gas hot water heaters, gas cook stoves or ranges, gas clothes dryers, gas BBQ’s and gas pool heaters.

What are some of the other uses for Natural Gas?

  • Natural Gas is used extensively in the restaurant sector for cooking, heating and producing the hot water used for washing dishes. In agriculture, Natural gas is used for drying crops, heating greenhouses, and producing the hot water that’s used extensively in the dairy industry.  Natural Gas is also used to produce both heat and electricity in Cogeneration power plants and in industry where heat is needed for processes.   In the USA and around the world, Natural gas is also used to power vehicles, like cars, light duty pick-ups, heavy duty trucks and transport trucks, city busses, and even garbage trucks.  It is also being explored as a cleaner alternative to diesel in heavy duty off-road vehicles, cargo ships, as well as for the locomotives used in the rail industry.

Is Natural Gas a greenhouse gas?

  • The main component of Natural Gas, methane, is indeed a potent greenhouse gas. This is why there are regulations in place to capture methane escaping from facilities such as landfills and waste water treatment facilities.  Once captured, this bio-methane or bio-gas can be burned to produce heat, electricity, or even power vehicles such as garbage tucks. In many European countries, the bio-methane from landfill sites and waste water treatment plants is processed to remove impurities and injected into Natural Gas distribution systems. Natural Gas distribution utilities like Enbridge are also required to have measures in place to ensure the gas is well contained within their distribution system.

How popular is Natural Gas in Ontario?

  • Because of its safety record, versatility, low cost, and availability due to large domestic reserves and extensive distribution infrastructure, Natural Gas is the energy of choice for almost all sectors of the Ontario economy. In Ontario, approximately 3.5 million homes and businesses are connected to the Natural Gas Distribution Network.  In fact, more than ¾ of Ontario homes are heated with Natural Gas and Natural Gas in one way or another meets over one third of all of Ontario’s energy needs.

Where does the Natural Gas used in Ontario come from?

  • The largest source of Natural Gas comes from Western Canadian suppliers via TransCanada Pipelines, although additional Natural Gas is purchased from U.S. sources and Ontario producers.

How much does Natural Gas cost?

  • The price of Natural Gas varies, however at current prices, on average it would cost a typical Cornwall Island household that switched to Natural Gas for heating and hot water approximately 50% less than Fuel Oil, 36% less than Electricity, and 30% less than Propane on an annual basis.

What is “Fracking”?

  • Hydraulic fracturing aka “fracking” is a technique that has been used since the 1950’s to increase the production of oil, natural gas, and water wells. The technique involves injecting a liquid consisting mostly of water (typically 90% water, 9.5% sand, and .5% chemical additives) at high pressure into the well to fracture the surrounding rock in order to open up veins and increase the well’s output.

How often is “Fracking” used?

  • It is estimated that it has been used in excess of 2.5 million times worldwide since it was first introduced. In more recent times it has been used extensively to access “unconventional” oil and natural gas from deep rock formations between 2 and 6 kilometers below the earth’s surface that would otherwise not be economically viable.

What are the Pro’s and Con’s of “Fracking”?

  • Although “fracking” has been used extensively for approximately 70 years now, the lack of proper regulation in certain jurisdictions has resulted in some incidents of groundwater contamination and as a result the practice has become quite controversial.
  • Proponents believe that using hydraulic fracturing to increase well production and/or access previously inaccessible “unconventional” resources offsets foreign imports of oil & natural gas and keeps their costs low.
  • Opponents believe that the significant water consumption associated with hydraulic fracturing (potentially millions of gallons per well), and the possibility of water contamination outweigh these benefits.

Does Enbridge use “Fracking”?

  • Enbridge only transports & distributes oil and natural gas and does not produce them, therefore it does not use hydraulic fracturing.

What would the proposed Natural Gas expansion project on Cornwall Island involve?

  • The project, if it proceeds, would involve tapping into the existing 12” steel pipeline that crosses Cornwall Island and feeds upstate New York, installing a pressure reducing station, and installing approximately 21 km of new natural gas line along Island Road as well as on all existing side roads. Island Road would be piped with approximately 2kms of 4” plastic pipe and 6kms of 2” plastic pipe, while all the side roads would require approximately 13kms of 1 ¼” plastic pipe.

How much pressure is in the plastic pipe?

  • The gas pressure in the plastic pipe is 60 pounds per square inch (PSI)

How would the gas get to my house from the street?

  • The plastic gas pipe that would feed your house is called a “service” and it would be connected to the plastic pipe in the street. In most cases it would be ½” in diameter.  Once at your house, it would come up out of the ground as a rigid pipe and connect to a pressure regulator that would reduce the gas pressure from 60 PSI down to ¼ PSI.  From the regulator the gas would go into a gas meter before connecting to the piping in your home.

What is the total cost of the project?

  • The project would cost approximately $8.4 million

How long would the construction take?

  • The construction would take approximately 21 weeks from start to finish

Would I need to hook up during the construction of the project or could I hook up at a later date?

  • No, you would not need to hook up during the construction, you could hook up at a later date.

I have heard there is going to be a door-to-door survey on Cornwall Island.  What is that for?

  • The survey will be conducted to assess the level of support for the project and determine whether it should proceed, as well as gather load information for Enbridge i.e. what gas appliances you would install if you support the project.

Will there be an environmental assessment?

  • Yes, if the project does proceed, Enbridge personnel will work with the MCA to conduct a harmonized environmental assessment.

If the project does proceed, when would it be completed and operational?

  • At this point, it appears that the Spring / Summer of 2020 would be the earliest possible construction window.


The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is excited to host another year of Open Houses! The community is invited to attend and learn more about the different departments and programs throughout MCA – join us for a chance to win some awesome prizes!



Kana:takon School

Tuesday, November 27 | 5-7 PM


Ahkwesahsne Mohawk School

Wednesday, November 28 | 5-7 PM


Tsi Snaihne School

Thursday, November 29 | 5-7 PM


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.

The Akwesasne Legislative Commission is announcing that due to the early closure of
offices for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne to accommodate Halloween Night in the
Village, the Public Comment Period has been extended to:

Friday, November 2, 2018

Written comments from community members will be accepted by submitting feedback to
the Akwesasne Justice Department using the following contact information:
Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

Attn.: Justice Coordinator/Akwesasne Legislative Commission
PO Box 90
Akwesasne QC H0M 1A1
613-575-2250 ext. 2403

The Public Comment Period is an opportunity for the Akwesasne community to have input
on the legislative development initiatives for 2019 where the Akwesasne Legislative
Commission will identify ten (10) files.

In 2018 the Akwesasne Legislative Commission reviewed documentation relating to thirtyone (31) proposed legislative development areas and the following are the five (5) files selected:

• Akwesasne Cannabis Law
• Akwesasne Election Law – Amendment
• Wildlife Conservation Community Law – Amendment
• Prescription Drug Law
• Akwesasne Water Law

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