AKWESASNE ELECTION LAW – AMENDMENT PROCEEDS TO COMMUNITY ENACTMENT

TERRITORY OF AKWESASNE – The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne hereby gives notice that the proposed Akwesasne Election Law – Amendment (2019) has been accepted in principle for enactment following the amendment provisions contained in the existing law. The enactment method required under the Akwesasne Election Law (2005) is a secret ballot vote at a Special General Meeting, which will be held:

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Tsi Snaihne Recreation Center (Tsi Snaihne)
Special General Meeting start time 10:00am


Voting by secret ballot is open to Eligible Voters as determined by the Akwesasne Election Law (2005), which includes a person at the time of voting who:

(a) has attained eighteen years of age;
(b) is a resident in a district;
(c) is a member of the Mohawks of Akwesasne;
(d) is Onkwehonwe.

Contact the Chief Electoral Officer Leona Benedict to verify that you are on the voters list at 613-575-2250 ext. 2406 before the Special General Meeting.

Information Meetings regarding the proposed Akwesasne Election Law – Amendment (2019) will be held on the following dates, times and locations:

• District of Kawehno:ke – Saturday, September 21, 2019 – 10:00am-12:00pm at Kawehno:ke Recreation Center
• District of Kana:takon – Monday, September 23, 2019 – 6:00pm-8:00pm at Kana:takon Recreation Center
• District of Tsi Snaihne – Thursday, September 26, 2019 – 3:30pm-5:30pm at Tsi Snaihne Recreation Center

Background of Amendment:
The Mohawks of Akwesasne enacted a customary law in 1988 ensuring that selection of leadership was in accordance with local community custom. This law was subsequently amended to the current document called the Akwesasne Election Law in 2005.

The Akwesasne Legislative Commission selected the amendment of the Akwesasne Election Law as a priority for 2019. This law is currently being amended according to the amendment provisions contained within that law.

The Akwesasne Legislative Commission is focusing on changing the amendment process, and if this amendment is approved, then there will be a focus on more substantive changes based on feedback provided by the community during previous consultation periods.


Amendment Process:
An update will be mailed to every household within the Districts, which contains language of the proposed amendment to the Akwesasne Election Law – Section 18 Amendments. If you do not receive a copy in your mailbox, or are interested in the full version of the law with the change, you can request a copy of either document to be mailed to you, personally. Contact the Akwesasne Justice Department at 613-575-2250 ext. 2400 with your mailing address so a copy can be mailed to you. You can also access these documents online at www.akwesasne.ca/…/legisla…/akwesasne-election-law-amendment.

To start the meeting at 10:00am a quorum of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (e.g. minimum of 7 Council members) are needed to be present in accordance with the Akwesasne Election Law (2005) Section 18. A summary of the proposed Akwesasne Election Law – Amendment (2019) will be read, followed by a motion from Council calling for the vote to take place. The secret ballot vote will be conducted by Chief Electoral Officer Leona Benedict and her Deputy Electoral Officers.

Eligible Voters interested in voting may enter the meeting any time after the start of the meeting to vote. Council quorum must be maintained for the duration of the meeting. At 12:00pm, the voting period will end and a second motion will be passed closing the voting process after all Eligible Voters in the room have voted.


For more information on the proposed Akwesasne Election Law – Amendment please contact:

Kyrie Ransom, Justice Coordinator
Akwesasne Justice Department
613-575-2250 ext. 2403
15 Akwesasne Street
Akwesasne, Quebec
H0M 1A0

AKWESASNE MOHAWK POLICE COMMISSION INFORMATION

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Commission (AMPC) is the governing authority for the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service (AMPS). The AMPC assists the Chief of Police in the identification and implementation of community-oriented policing initiatives and the development of policies for the effective management and administration of the AMPS.

The AMPC meets once a month to hear and respond to reports from the Chief of Police regarding the activities of the Police Service. The AMPC will bring forth concerns regarding policing within the Territory of Akwesasne to the attention of the Chief of Police.

The mission of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Commission is to oversee and ensure that the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service provides community-oriented policing services that are sensitive to the needs and culture of the people of Akwesasne and provides all people with protection to enjoy their lawful activities and customs.

Additionally, the AMPC assists in the recruitment and selection process of qualified candidates to become constables within the AMPS. The AMPC is also responsible for selecting, recruiting and terminating a Chief of Police. The AMPC actively participates in negotiations for future policing agreements and other matters or negotiations affecting policing in Akwesasne.

The AMPC is composed of two members from each of the three districts; Tsi Snaihne, Kana:takon and Kawehno:ke appointed by Resolution of Council in accordance with section 3.3 from among persons submitting letters of interest. Public Safety Portfolio District Chiefs are also assigned by Council and participate in monthly meetings and negotiations for future funding agreements. However, they are not considered members of the AMPC and do not participate in decision making for the AMPC.


The term of appointment for a member of the AMPC is three (3) years.

The current Police Commissioners for the term of 2019-2022 are:

KAWEHNO:KE:
• Gary Cole – Commission Chairperson
• Donna Delormier

TSI SNAIHNE:
• Esther Jock
• Caroline Peters

KANA:TAKON:
• Johanne Jackson
• Jennine Hall

IN ADDITION:
• Darryl Lazore – Public Safety Portfolio Chief (2018-2021)
• Connie Lazore – Public Safety Portfolio Chief (2018-2021)
• JoAnn Swamp – Recording Secretary


The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Commission is committed to resolving all complaints in an expeditious, transparent and fair manner.

Concerns and all other correspondence relating to the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Commission may be addressed in writing to the Commission Chairperson:
Gary Cole
gcole.ampc@akwesasne.ca
73 Sweetgrass Lane, Akwesasne, QC H0M 1A0

ADDICTIONS & MENTAL ILLNESS: CO-OCCURRING DISORDER

The Wholistic Health & Wellness Program will be hosting a one-day training on addictions and mental illness.


When: Monday, September 23 | 9 AM – 5 PM
Where: Best Western Hotel | Cornwall, ON


This workshop will cover topics such as the links between mental illness and addiction, barriers to assessment/treatment, intervention strategies, harm reduction planning and more.

To register, please contact Cullen Jacobs at cullen.jacobs@akwesasne.ca or at 613-575-2341 ext. 3106.

MISSING AND MURDERED PERSONS IN AKWESASNE REMEMBERED & HONOURED WITH PLAQUES

A set of three plaques have been unveiled in each of the community’s three districts, in a powerful statement of honour to all the missing and murdered people of Akwesasne.

The project was coordinated by the staff of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Family Wellness Program (AFWP). The Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women movement has grown across Canada and the AFWP wanted to have something locally that paid tribute to all missing persons, men, women and children.

The three plaques have been unveiled at the A’nowara’kowa Arena, the Tsi Snaihne Recreation and the Kana:takon Recreation. Each plaque has been erected over a bench and sitting area, to allow community members to sit and remember those who have been taken.

“Victims deserve to be remembered, and these plaques ensure that there is a special place for them always in our community,” said Kawehno:ke District Chief Vanessa Adams.

In planning for the event, the project team selected a painting by the late artist Brad Bonaparte to be featured on all three plaques. The painting features two red moccasins, one which is unfinished. The painting is called “The Unfinished Life” and it was one of the artist’s final works of art, never fully completed.

At the final plaque unveiling on August 28th held at the Kana:takon Recreation, the family of the late Brad Bonaparte attended with a gracious donation – the original painting. Organizers were stunned and thankful for the gift and will find a safe and prominent location to display it.

Nia:wenkowa to Mr. Bonaparte’s family.

If you have a missing or murdered loved one, an event is taking place on September 18th to assist you and provide you with resources. The Families of Missing and Murdered Relatives Information Session will take place from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Kana:takon Recreation. Topics include: How to report a missing person; Importance of DNA and How to Submit; Association of Families of Missing and Murdered Relatives information; and Victim Services and Community Resources. To register for this free event, please contact the Akwesasne Family Wellness Program at 613-937-4322, the Akwesasne Community Justice Program at 613-575-5000 or the Akwesasne Mohawk Police at 613-575-2340.

AKWESASNE ACCEPTS NEW FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION LAW

On Saturday, August 24, 2019, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne held a Special General Meeting in order for its membership to vote on the following question:

Do you approve the Akwesasne Financial Administration Law?

Following the secret ballot voting period, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Leona Benedict confirmed the following results:

  • 79 Yes Votes
  • 2 No Votes

Immediately following the CEO’s announcement, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne passed a resolution accepting the results and formally enacting the Akwesasne Financial Administration Law.

“Moving forward, the AFAL will allow us to have the structure and written guidelines needed to effectively manage the operations of the MCA organization with the bar for transparency set very high,” said MCA Executive Director Heather Phillips.  “We are thankful for the community’s participation and direction.”

Akwesasne Financial Administration Law Background

In 2013, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne established a working task group to develop an Akwesasne Financial Administration Law. This working task group met diligently and developed a law that showed strong financial administration that meets established accounting standards.

Mohawk Council Resolution 2016/2017-#224 accepted the proposed Akwesasne Financial Administration Law dated September 21, 2016 and directed the Akwesasne Justice Department to conduct Phase III of the Akwesasne Legislative Enactment Regulation.

In February 2019, the Akwesasne Justice Department began conducting community consultation through Information Meetings and accepting written submissions through April 2019. Comments from the consultation process were summarized, discussed and the agreed upon changes were incorporated into a new draft of the Akwesasne Financial Administration Law dated June 7, 2019.

On June 13, 2019 the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne accepted the Akwesasne Financial Administration Law in principle for community enactment by way of a secret ballot vote at a Special General Meeting. Community Notice was provided that the Special General Meeting would occur on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

This MCR Submission accepts the final results of the secret ballot vote at the Special General Meeting as being approved. The resolution establishes the enactment date of the law as the date the resolution is administered, with the coming into force date effective January 1, 2020. This will provide time for administration to develop the required policies, regulations, and procedures needed to administer the law. The Akwesasne Financial Administration Law will also be registered in the Akwesasne Law Registry and be posted on the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne website.

AKWESASNE FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION LAW ENACTMENT VOTE RESCHEDULED

Special General Meeting vote rescheduled for August 24, 2019

TERRITORY OF AKWESASNE – The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne hereby gives notice that the proposed draft Akwesasne Financial Administration Law has been accepted in principle for enactment following the Akwesasne Legislative Enactment Regulation. Council has determined that enactment will be through a secret ballot vote at a Special General Meeting, which has been rescheduled for:

Saturday, August 24, 2019
Kanonhkwat’sheri:io Atrium (Kana:takon)
Special General Meeting start time 10:00 a.m.

Voting by secret ballot is open to Eligible Voters as determined by the Akwesasne Election Law, which includes a person at the time of voting who:

(a) has attained eighteen years of age
(b) is a resident in a district;
(c) is a member of the Mohawks of Akwesasne;
(d)is Onkwehonwe.

Contact the Chief Electoral Officer Leona Benedict to verify that you are on the voters list at 613-575-2250 ext. 2406 before the Special General Meeting.

Information Meetings regarding the draft Akwesasne Financial Administration Law will be held on the following dates, times and locations:

• District of Kawehno:ke — Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:00am-12:00pm at Kawehno:ke Recreation Center
• District of Kana:takon — Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6:00pm-8:00pm at Kana:takon Recreation Center
• District of Tsi Snaihne — Thursday, August 22, 2019 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Tsi Snaihne Recreation Center

Due to a lack of Eligible Voters present at the first Special General Meeting scheduled for this vote, the meeting could not be called to order. Therefore, the vote asking the community if they approve the Akwesasne Financial Administration Law was not held. The proposed Financial Administration Law supports sound financial administration practices by modernizing the rules dealing with financial management. Providing better rules for financial accountability will increase transparency and accountability to the Akwesasne community.

The proposed draft law completed Phase III of the Akwesasne Legislative Enactment Regulation – Community Consultation in April 2019. Community comments received were compiled into a report for review and recommendation by the Akwesasne Legislative Commission, followed by a second legal review and input from the Working Task Group.

To start the meeting at 10:00am a quorum of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (e.g. minimum of 7 Council members) and an addition of at least twenty-five (25) Eligible Voters are needed to be present. If there is not twenty-five (25) Eligible Voters present in addition to Council quorum within fifteen (15) minutes of the scheduled start time, the meeting cannot be called to order. If at this second Special General Meeting the attendance threshold is still not met, the Akwesasne Financial Administration Law will be considered rejected.

If by 10:15am on Saturday, August 24, 2019 there is at least twenty-five (25) Eligible Voters present in addition to Council quorum, the meeting will begin. A summary of the Akwesasne Financial Administration Law will be read, followed by a motion from Council calling for the vote to take place. The secret ballot vote will be conducted by Chief Electoral Officer Leona Benedict and her Deputy Electoral Officers.

Eligible Voters interested in voting may enter the meeting any time after the start of the meeting to vote. Council quorum must be maintained for the duration of the meeting. At 12:00pm, the voting period will end and a second motion will be passed closing the voting process after all Eligible Voters in the room have voted.

A full copy of the law, and a Community Notice was mailed to every household in the Districts in June 2019. If you did not receive a copy in your mailbox, or are interested in picking up the information package directly, you can request these documents at the Akwesasne Justice Department 613-575-2250 ext. 2400. You can also access these documents online at http://www.akwesasne.ca/justice/legislative-development/akwesasne-financial-administration-law/

For more information on the proposed Akwesasne Financial Administration Law, please contact:

Kyrie Ransom, Justice Coordinator
Akwesasne Justice Department
613-575-2250 ext. 2403
15 Akwesasne Street
Akwesasne, Quebec H0M 1A0

YOUTH BUSINESS BOOTCAMP

Calling all future youth entrepreneurs — join us for a week-long business bootcamp that will be held from August 6-9! Participants will learn how to start their own business while being innovative and expressing their creativity.
Deadline to register: Wednesday, July 31
This workshop is for youth ages 14-18. 

To register or for more information, please contact Chantelle White (613-575-2250 ext. 1054 or chantelle.white@akwesasne.ca) or LaToya Rourke (518-358-4238 ext. 1506 or latoya.rourke@srmt-nsn.gov).

MOHAWK COUNCIL CHIEFS RETREAT FOR TEAM BUILDING AND PLANNING

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne kicked off the second year of their term this month by gathering for a 2-day retreat at the Strathmere Inn in Ottawa.

The full 13-person Council attended for two days of discussions, planning, and prioritizing, with a mix of laughter, games and communication thrown into the mix.

Mohawk Government Support Manager Chelsea Francis facilitated the event and lead the chiefs through the various ice-breakers and planning sessions.

Priorities for the retreat included a review of the Council Strategic Plan and priorities, discussion on the roles and responsibilities of Council and staff, and what they expect or need from one another.

Council’s new strategic plan and goals continue to align with four main pillars/priorities:

1. Self-determination
2. Modernization
3. Sustainability
4. Well-being

The Council Strategic Plan includes 14 goals with plans or initiatives laid out for how to carry out and achieve each goal.

During the retreat, Council had the opportunity to discuss how they can reach their goals at the political level and how they will meet the goals set by the administrative side of the organization.

The retreat also allowed chiefs to discuss their portfolios (areas of focus) and some changes were made that will be shared with the community once they’re finalized.

“It brought the good minds back together,” said Tsi Snaihne District Chief Joe Lazore of the retreat, making reference to the traditional opening address that calls for good minds to come together at any gathering.

Newly elected Kawehno:ke District Chief Vanessa Adams, who was sworn in on June 13, 2019 following a by-election, said she appreciated the ice breaker events and the opportunity to get to know her fellow chiefs.

“Communication wise, it was a very good event for us,” she said.

CALLOUT FOR AKWESASNE LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONER


The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is currently looking to fill one vacant seat on the Akwesasne Legislative Commission (ALC) for the district of Kana:takon.


The Akwesasne Legislative Commission was established to oversee, receive community input, and provide community guidance and direction in the development of Akwesasne Laws. In doing so, the Akwesasne Legislative Commission endeavors to protect the collective rights of the Mohawks of Akwesasne with specific instructions to maintain a good mind, acting in accordance with the principles of peace, respect, and fairness.

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, August 7 | 4:30 PM


Interested participants are required to complete an Akwesasne Legislative Commission Application, which is available at the Akwesasne Justice Department. Candidates are also required to submit a letter of interest outlining how the applicant meets the qualifications for appointment.

Click here to access the ALC callout and application: http://bit.ly/ALCApplication-July2019 

WALK STRONG

Join the Community Health program each week for FREE community-based fitness sessions from July through September!

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays | 10 AM – 10:45 AM
Where: Tri-District Elders | Kawehno:ke

For more information, please contact Rachel George at 613-575-2341 ext. 3241 or at rachel.george@akwesasne.ca.  

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