SIXTIES SCOOP SURVIVORS COMPENSATION

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne would like to inform the community that anyone who identifies as a survivor of the 60’s Scoop is encouraged to pick up an application for compensation.

The applications will be available at the Mohawk Government office in Kana:takon — once completed, the application can be sent to Collectiva at:

Mail: Sixties Scoop Class Action Administrator

    c/o Collectiva Class Action Services, Inc.

    200-2170 René-Lévesque Boulevard West

    Montréal, Quebec H3H 2T8

Tel: 1-844-287-4270

Fax: 514-287-1617

Email: sixtiesscoop@collectiva.ca

Deadline to apply: Friday, August 30

Survivors stand to receive between $25,000 to $50,000 if their applications are accepted. For more information, please visit https://sixtiesscoopsettlement.info/

KANIEN’KEHA LANGUAGE & CULTURAL CAMP

The Ahkwesahsne Mohawk Board of Education will be hosting a Kanien’keha Language & Cultural Camp for youth ages 10-12!

When: Ohiarihkó:wa/July 15-19
Where: Snye Homemakers

Transportation will be included for the week — check out the busing information here: http://bit.ly/KLCC-BusInfo

Space is limited to 20 AMBE students! For more information, please contact the Kanien’keha Language office at 613-575-2323 or email Alice King at alice.king@ambe.ca. 

ENGINEERING/TECH CAMP

Youth ages 6-12 years are invited to a FREE engineering & tech camp — kids will be able to learn about 3D printing, robotics, programming and so much more!

When: Ohiarihkó:wa/July 22-26 | 9 AM – 3 PM daily
Where: Ahkwesahsne Mohawk School (AMS) | Kawehno:ke

This camp is limited to 30 participants, so register soon! For more information, please contact the AMBE Office at 613-933-0409.

FEDERAL INDIAN DAY SCHOOL CLASS ACTION UPDATE TO COMMUNITY

On May 13th-May 15th, the Federal Indian Day School Class Action settlement was heard and court was adjourned pending a decision from the Federal Judge Justice Phelan.

At this time, no decision has been rendered regarding the Indian Day School class action. Once a decision is announced by the court, the class counsel Gowling WLG will be providing updates to class members and communities regarding next steps.

Community members are still encouraged to register with Gowling WLG to be added to their mailing list, so they may be informed when the decision is announced. Registration forms can be found online at www.indiandayschools.com under the “Contact and Register” button.

Community members can also pick up a form at the Mohawk Government Building #1, the Aboriginal Rights and Research Office at MG#2, and MCA Administration #1 Building in Kana:takon.

MCA ANNOUNCES HIRING OF NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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.

INFORMATION MEETINGS RESCHEDULED FOR AKWESASNE ELECTION LAW – AMENDMENT

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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ENERGY-EFFICIENT STREET LIGHTING INSTALLED ON KAWEHNO:KE

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.”

KASTOWA MAKING WORKSHOP

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.

FATHER’S DAY BASH

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!

APPLIED SUICIDE INTERVENTION SKILLS TRAINING (ASIST) IN JULY & AUGUST

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.

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

AUGUST
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 kyle.thompson@akwesasne.ca or at 613-575-2341 ext. 3107.

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