MCA Community Health Program and Wholistic Health and Wellness Program Relocating

Please be advised that the MCA Community Health Program and Wholistic Health and Wellness Program will be relocating to our newly renovated work spaces from April 17th to April 24th. Please be advised that we are working diligently to restore our telephones and network services which are expected to be fully operational on April 24th. If you experience difficulty with connecting with any of our program staff, please call 613-575-2341. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our community members.

WORKING LUNCH TO CELEBRATE MAPLE SYRUP WITH TSIIONKWANONHSO:TE RESIDENTS AND FAMILIES

Family members, friends, and concerned community members are invited to a working lunch at Tsiionkwanonhso:te being held on Wednesday, April 17 at 12 p.m. noon. This meal will celebrate maple syrup and includes menu items to reflect the residents’ favorite breakfast items. To save your seat, please RSVP at 613-932-1409 or email vincent.lazore@akwesasne.ca; sonja.sylvester@akwesasne.ca; or aleesha.king@akwesasne.ca. Family members, friends, and concerned community members are invited to a working lunch at Tsiionkwanonhso:te being held on Wednesday, April 17 at 12 p.m. noon. This meal will celebrate maple syrup and includes menu items to reflect the residents’ favorite breakfast items. To save your seat, please RSVP at 613-932-1409 or email vincent.lazore@akwesasne.ca; sonja.sylvester@akwesasne.ca; or aleesha.king@akwesasne.ca.

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.

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