A big niawenko:wa goes out to the Akwesasne Convenience Store Association for the donation of a 58″ HD Smart TV to the Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance, which will be very instrumental in their training program!


The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Chief Electoral Officer Leona Benedict has released the OFFICIAL results of the Kawehno:ke District Chief By-Election held on December 22, 2018.

There were no appeals received by the appeal deadline.

Therefore, the results below are now official:

  • Vanessa Lee Adams – 49 Votes
  • Lloyd Benedict Sr. – 12 Votes
  • Dennis Chaussi – 54 Votes
  • Fawn Cole-Leaf – 11 Votes
  • Donna Delormier – 21 Votes
  • Victor Martin – 1 Vote
  • Allie Oakes McCumber – 26 Votes
  • Rosemary Square – 21 Votes
  • Robert White – 5 Votes

If you have any questions, please contact the Akwesasne Justice Department or Mohawk Government Office at 613-575-2250.


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.

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