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.


The final Information Meetings for the Akwesasne Election Law – Amendment for the District of Kana:takon, which was rescheduled due to the passing of a community member, has been rescheduled as follows:

  • District of Kana:takon – Wednesday, June 26, 2019 – 6:00pm-8:00pm at Kana:takon School Multi-Purpose Room

The deadline to submit comment on the Akwesasne Election Law – Amendment has been extended to June 28, 2019.

For more information on the proposed Akwesasne Election Law – Amendment Community Consultation process, please contact:

Kyrie Ransom, Justice Coordinator

Akwesasne Justice Department

613-575-2250 ext. 2403

15 Akwesasne Street

Akwesasne, Quebec

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The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne hired the electrical engineering services of WSP Canada Inc. to prepare drawings for the replacement and installation of new LED street lights on the Main Island Road east, on Kawehno:ke, between Akwesasne International Road and Philip-Hopps Memorial Road.

The Department of Technical Services and its Portfolio Chiefs brought the concept plan to public meetings regarding the Kawehno:ke hydro pole replacement to talk about the need for street lighting as a safety requirement and to receive feedback.

DTS and Portfolio Chiefs collaborated with Cornwall Electric/a Fortis Ontario Company to purchase the new energy-efficient LED lighting and to install the units to the new hydro-electric poles.

The installation is now complete and Kawehno:ke has met the goal of pedestrian and vehicle safety. The picture below will show the example of illumination for the project area. This installation is only the first phase of street lighting and the Department of Technical Services is currently reviewing other areas in the community in need; pending available funding, DTS is working towards providing more improved street lighting throughout Akwesasne.

The MCA and Department of Technical Services thanks the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Indigenous Services Canada for providing the funds to bring this project to completion. MCA also thanks Cornwall Electric/a Fortis Ontario Company for their collaboration with the project.

“I would like to thank the community for their patience as this has been a long time coming,” said Kawehno:ke District Chief Vince Thompson. “This is only phase 1 of Kawehno:ke’s street light plan. We have been receiving positive responses from the community and we’re proud to have utilized the protocols that are in place to get the job done. Niawenko:wa to all those involved in this project.”


The Akwesasne Child & Family Services Program is excited to sponsor a kastowa making workshop for the community!

When: June 24— 26 | 5 PM – 9 PM
Where: Mohawk Nation Cook House

This is a family event and no drop-offs will be allowed. There are only 25 spots, so register soon!

For more information or to register, please contact Allen Smoke at 613-575-2341 ext. 3139.


Community members are invited to a Father’s Day Bash being held on Kawehno:ke!

When: Saturday, June 15 | 12 PM – 4 PM
Where: Rec Road Tennis Courts 

Celebrate your rakeni with some fun activities and a chance to win some great prizes!


MCA’s Wholistic Health & Wellness Program is sponsoring free 2-day workshops in July and August for all caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

Where: Best Western Hotel (1515 Vincent Massey Drive, Cornwall, ON)
When: July 18-19 | 9 AM – 5 PM

Where: Best Western Hotel (1515 Vincent Massey Drive, Cornwall, ON)
When: August 15-16 | 9 AM – 5 PM

To register, please contact Kyle Thompson at or at 613-575-2341 ext. 3107.

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 or by requesting one by email at

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 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



Tenders, sealed in envelopes and clearly marked as to the contents, will be received by Mr. Joe Francis, Acting Director of Technical Services, Akwesasne Technical Services Unit, Administration Building No. 3, Cornwall Island, Ontario K6H 5T3, Telephone (613) 936-1548, until:

11:00 a.m. local time  July 5, 2019

for the construction of the works described below.

On the same day, commencing at 11:05 a.m. local time, the tenders will be opened and read publicly at the Cornwall Island Administration Office #3 on Cornwall Island.

The work consists of 150mm dia. watermain construction on Birch Road from Border Road intersection to the end of Birch Road (approx. 275m). Disturbed road surface areas to be restored to existing conditions, water services to be installed to existing residential units on the road (approx. 5), complete with interior connections, existing well capping, and entrance culvert replacements.

Plans, specifications and tender forms may be obtained from Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Cornwall Island Administration Building No. 3, Cornwall Island, Ontario.

Tenders must be accompanied by a tender deposit payable to the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne as follows:

·       for First Nations contractors in the form of a certified cheque, bank draft or money order in the amount of 10% of the total tender price to a maximum of $20,000;

·       for all other contractors as a Bid Bond for an amount equal to 10% of the total tender price.

Evaluation of all tenders will follow the Tendering Policy of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, which is intended to increase the participation of local and other Aboriginal businesses in construction and materials supply contracting.

Tenders are subject to a formal contract being prepared and executed. The Council reserves the right to reject any or all tenders and the lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted.


Jp2g Consultants Inc.

Engineers • Planners • Project Managers

1150 Morrison Drive, Suite 410

Ottawa, Ontario K2H 8S9

Telephone: 613- 828-7800

Facsimile: 613-828-2600


Mr. Joe Francis, Acting Director

Department of Technical Services

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

101 Tewasateni Road

Akwesasne, Ontario K6H 0G5

Telephone: 613-936-1548

Facsimile: 613-938-6760



The MCA’s Wholistic Health & Wellness Program is excited to sponsor a Father’s Day Family Kickball event for the community!

When: Thursday, June 13 | 4 PM – 6 PM
Where: Kana:takon Recreation Center

There will be snacks, music and prizes — join us for an afternoon of free fun!

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