Special General Meeting Date Announced For Akwesasne Election Law Amendments Vote

Community to vote on acceptance of changes


The proposed final draft of the Akwesasne Election Law will be voted on at a Special General Meeting that has been rescheduled for May 12, 2018, 10 am to 12 pm at the Kana:takon/St. Regis Recreation. The meeting/vote was previously postponed due to the passing of community members.


On August 25, 2015, Council passed MCR 2015/2016-#111 to form a Working Task Group (WTG).  The mandate of the WTG was to “provide a comprehensive draft Akwesasne Election Law to present to Council for acceptance in principle.”


On December 18, 2017, Mohawk Council passed MCR 2017/2018-#258 to accept the amendments of the proposed final draft of the Akwesasne Election Law 2017 dated December 8, 2017.


The amendment process will follow “Section 18 – Amendments” of the current Akwesasne Election Law. 



Changes made to the Akwesasne Election Law in the new draft include:

  • Corrected the Akwesasne Election Law document to reference positions that are currently filled at Mohawk Council of Akwesasne such as changing the reference from “Chief Administrative Officer” and replacing the reference to “Executive Director.”
  • Corrected grammatical errors such as capitalizing words that are in the definition section.
  • Changed the amendment provisions to be in accordance with the Akwesasne Law Enactment Procedural Regulation (or its successor) to be consistent with Akwesasne’s law enactment process.
  • Changed Schedule “O” to reflect the law:  The Akwesasne Election Appeal Board (AEAB) will make a decision by “majority” vote. Prior to this, the law said the AEAB will decide by majority and Schedule O said the AEAB will decide by consensus.
  • Preamble changed to reflect that the Akwesasne Election Law 2005 has been revised


The Special General Meeting and vote will take place on May 12, 2018 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Kana:takon/St. Regis Recreation. MCA Eligible Voters will, by majority, decide to accept the proposed amendments or to not accept the proposed amendments entitled “Akwesasne Election Law 2017.” 


Accepting the proposed amendments will result in the Akwesasne Election Law 2017 being used in the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne elections in 2021.


To not accept the proposed amendments will result in using the Akwesasne Election Law 2005 (the current law) for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne elections in 2021.


Special General Meeting – Akwesasne Election Law

Date: May 12, 2018

Location:  Kana:takon/St. Regis Recreation

Hours:  10 a.m. to noon

Method of Voting:  Secret Ballot Vote conducted by the Chief Electoral Officer


Copies of the proposed final amendments can be requested at the Mohawk Government Office or Akwesasne Justice Department.

Akwesasne Toastmasters

THE Akwesasne Toastmasters meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 6:00pm-8:00pm at 891 State Route 37, Akwesasne, NY (Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Human Resources Office/Building).  Visit akwesasnetoastmasters.com or find them on Facebook to learn more. 

Everyone is welcome.

Akwesasne Legislative Commission Announces Appointees and Public Comment Meeting

The Akwesasne Legislative Commission established their charter in March of 2017. Commission positions were posted through a community callout and the following individuals have been appointed:

Kana:takon District – Neomie Diagastino and Jeanine Hall

Kawehno:ke District – Nancy Ransom and Nadine Jacobs

Tsi Snaihne District – Theresa Thompson and Esther Jock

At-large Member – Laura Paulette.

The community is invited and encouraged to attend the Akwesasne Legislative Commission’s first Public Comment Meeting on May 23, 2018, at the Tsi Snaihne Recreation from 6 – 8 p.m.
Please see the attached notice for more information regarding the Commission.

Callout For Community Trustees

A callout is being conducted for new Community Trustees to the Akwesasne Community Settlement Trust. The deadline for applications is May 9, 2018 at 4 p.m. Three 4-year terms are open. View the attached notice for further requirements and information and contact the Mohawk Government Support Manager Chelsea Francis at 613-575-2348 Ext. 2270/chelsea.francis@akwesasne.ca if you have any further questions.


Maternal Wellness Walk

MCA’s Community Health Program is hosting a Wellness Walk in support of Maternal Mental Health Week!  The walk will take place on Thursday, May 3, 2018 (weather permitting).  Registration will be at 10 a.m. at the Kanonhkwatsheri:io Atrium. The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. The participants will walk to the St. Regis Recreation and back, and will be provided with a light lunch, and will be entered to win a grand prize.  The first 15 women to register will receive a special gift!  To register, or for more information, contact Community Health at 575-2341 Ext. 3220.


AMPS Accepting Used/Expired Prescription Drugs For National Prescription Take Day

National Prescription Take Day will take place on April 28, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service will have three locations to drop off your unused or expired prescription medications. The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Station, Tsi Snaihne SubStation, and the Peace Tree Trade Center will be designated drop off locations. Every person who drops off an item will receive a free gift.



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