MCA Announces Hiring of Housing Director

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is pleased to announce the hiring of the Department of Housing’s new director. On April 16, 2018, we welcomed Ms. Charmaine Caldwell to the position.

Ms. Caldwell has been an employee of the Department of Housing for the past several years and had been serving in the capacity of acting director for the past year.  Ms. Caldwell comes to us with more than 15 years of managerial experience inclusive of working at a senior level.  She is very knowledgeable about the Department of Housing and its services.  Her expertise and experience in working with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Indian & Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) made her an excellent candidate for the position.  She’s also very experienced in financial management and policy development. 

Chief Darryl Lazore, Housing Portfolio said, “We were very impressed with how Ms. Caldw

ell has delivered and managed community housing projects in Akwesasne over the last year. She has also demonstrated leadership and a commitment to enhanced community services while in the acting assignment.”

Executive Director, Jordan Wapass also added, “With Ms. Caldwell, we are adding a valuable member to our senior team who will no doubt make important contributions to the community of Akwesasne. We are excited to have her join the team.”

Ms. Caldwell is committed to providing optimal services to the community members of Akwesasne.  Please join us in welcoming Ms. Charmaine Caldwell to the position of director of Housing.


Traditional Seed Ceremony

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Traditional Medicines Unit of the Wholistic Health & Wellness Program will be hosting a Traditional Seed Ceremony as part of its Kanenhsona Teachings.  The ceremony will take place on May 1, 2018 at the Tsi Snaihne Recreation from 9 am – 3 pm.  Aronhiaies Herne and Della Adams will be instructing.  Please bring your own water bottles, coffee mugs, plates, bowls and utensils.  Call 575-2341 Ext.3117 to register. (See attached flyer for more information).


AMPS Arrests One Individual Wanted For Prior Assault

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police and the Ontario ROPE squad have arrested Mitchell Jocko (36) without incident in Gatineau , Quebec. The arrest occurred this past Tuesday (April 24, 2018) morning.

Mitchell Jocko was wanted on arrest warrants for aggravated assault. Akwesasne Mohawk Police have  charged Jocko for two separate incidents that occurred within the same week in early February 2018.

The Joint Investigation Team learned that Jocko had moved away from the area to avoid arrest .A joint investigation into his whereabouts led police to believe he was staying in Gatineau.

The two other subjects that were involved in the incident have yet to be arrested. Corby Jock (31) and Johnny Adams (31) remain wanted by police for the same offense.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Chief Shawn Dulude was pleased with the assistance provided in this  investigation by multiple agencies assisting in the arrest including members of the Ontario
Provincial Police, and Ottawa and Gatineau Police Services.

“I want to thank the police agencies for the collaborative effort in effecting this arrest,” said Chief Dulude.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service encourages anyone with any information that will assist in their investigation, to please contact Police at 613-575-2000 or the Akwesasne Crime Stoppers at 613-575-2255.

Cheif Electoral Officer & Deputy Electoral Officers Appointed for 2018 General Election

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Executive Director is notifying the community that the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and Deputy Electoral Officers (DEO) have been formally appointed for the 2018 MCA General Election, in accordance with the Akwesasne Election Law 2005 (AEL). 

Leona Benedict has been appointed Chief Electoral Officer.   The CEO “is the person appointed by the Chief Administrative Officer [now known as the Executive Director] of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne to ensure that all provisions set forth in this Election Law [Akwesasne Election Law 2005] are adhered to.”

The Deputy Electoral Officers are:
Cheavee Willee
Mary Ann Jacobs

Margaret Thomas

Laura Benedict

Monica Sharrow

Joan Mitchell

Theresa Benedict

Delia Thompson

Theresa Thompson

Andrea Lazore


The CEO and DEOs terms of office will commence six months prior to any General Election and run for three (3) consecutive years.  In addition to ensuring the provisions of the Akwesasne Election Law are met, the CEO and DEOs will also conduct MCA Referenda in accordance with the General Referendum Regulation. 

The 2018 MCA General Election will take place on June 30, 2018.  Nominations for the positions of Grand Chief (1) and District Chiefs (12) will be held on May 19, 2018 between 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Tsi Snaihne: Snye Recreation Center

Kana:takon: St. Regis Recreation Center

Kawehno:ke: Kawehno:ke Recreation Center


Please contact Leona Benedict, Chief Electoral Officer at 613-575-2250 ext. 2406 if you have any questions or need to have your voter status confirmed/updated.

Mocc Walk 2018

The MCA Community Health Program and Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) in partnership with the Aboriginal Diabetes Programs of ONWA, is sponsoring a walking and exercise challenge. This walking and exercise challenge is intended to increase physical activity among Indigenous people across Ontario
Who can participate?
Individuals or Teams
Adults or Children
What do participants have to do?
Register with the Community Health Program by email or telephone 613-575-2341 ext 3241 or email
Begin walking on your own or with the walking club or exercising and recording your minutes on the calendar provided.
Tally your points and send them to Community Health Program when your done.
Where is this event taking place?
This is an all Akwesasne(Generations park walking club Monday and Wednesdays 12pm to 1pm) event
Participants can walk anywhere:-a treadmill, outside, at the mall. All you need to do is record your minutes walked or exercised on the calendar provided. For every 10 minutes you walked or exercised you get 1 point ie… you walked outside for 30 minutes you would get 3 points for that day. Teams do not need to walk together but submit their points as a team.
When is the walking and exercising challenge?
Register before April 30, 2018
Exercising or walking will begin May 1, 2018 at and will end on June 30, 2018.
Why should you participate?
Get active
Get fit
Have fun
Win cool prizes
See the attached documents, registration form, and log for more details!

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.

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