Callout for Akwesasne Health Board Representatives

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Department of Health is seeking three (3) community representatives to sit on the Akwesasne Health Board 2019-2020 FY; one (1) member from Kana:takon District; One (1) member from the Kawehno:ke District and One (1) member from the Tsi Snaihne District.

To qualify for appointment to the Akwesasne Advisory Health Board a person must:

  • Be a registered member of Akwesasne or immediately eligible to be registered as a member under the Akwesasne Membership code (does not include probationary members);
  • have knowledge of Mohawk cultures and traditions;
  • have good character, credibility and reputation in the Akwesasne community;
  • Not be convicted of an indictable offense in Canada or a felony in the United States within 5 years prior to their appointment;
  • Reside in the District for which they were appointed, unless otherwise approved by the Board;
  • Have an adequate educational background or experience in the health field and possess an interest in health issues. For the youth representative, an interest in health issues satisfies this criterion;
  • Must not be an employee of the Department of Health.

Honorarium set by MCR guidelines for appointed Akwesasne Health Board members.

If interested please submit a letter of interest, outlining your qualifications and interest to or by dropping off your letter at the Kanonhkwat’sheri:io Health Facility, Attention: Department of Health Administration.

For more information or to pick up a Terms of Reference package, please contact Department of Health Administration office at 613-575-2341 ext. 3300.

DEADLINE: January 31, 2019 before 5:00 p.m.


The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is currently filling vacant seats on the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Commission (AMPC), for the district of Kawehno:ke and Tsi Snaihne, with a term of three (3) years.

To qualify for appointment to the AMPC, a candidate must:

be enrolled as a member of Akwesasne pursuant to the Akwesasne Membership Code (does not include probationary members);
be twenty-one (21) years of age or older; possess good character, credibility and reputation in the Akwesasne community;
must not be a member of Council, except for the District Chief appointed under section 3.2;
not have a criminal record relating to an indictable offence in Canada or a felony in the United States upon taking oath of office and must consent to a Level 1 Criminal Record Check through the SRMT Police Service and the AMPS and shall, with their application provide a sworn declaration that they have not been convicted of offences described under subsection 3.4 (e) of the Charter;
not have been removed from office pursuant to Section 16 of the AMPC Charter within the past five (5) years;
reside in the District from which they are appointed;
and must not be an officer or civilian employee nor have an immediate family member who is an officer or civilian staff of the AMPS and in the case of former employees of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service that person must have been removed for at least two (2) years prior to their appointment to the AMPC.

Interested candidates are required to state in letter form:

  • that they fulfill the above listed qualifications;
  • a brief description of your previous involvement in community affairs;
  • a summary of reasons you wish to become an Akwesasne Mohawk Police Commissioner;
  • and provide a Criminal Record Check from AMPS and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police.

In accordance with the Akwesasne Mohawk Policing Agreement and the AMPC Charter, all interested residents of Kawehno:ke and Tsi Snaihne are asked to submit completed package, no later than Thursday, January 31st, 2019.

Please submit packages to:
Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
Mohawk Government ATTN: Chelsea Francis
29 Third St, Akwesasne,
QC H0M 1A0
(G & L Building II in Kana:takon)


The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne invites the community to attend the following sessions to learn more of the amendments and offer comments on Bill S-3.

Bill S-3 legislation is an act to amend the Indian Act in response to the Superior Court of Quebec decision in Descheneaux versus Canada. The Bill (which deals with Indian registration & membership) received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017, and some parts took effect on December 22, 2017.

The amendments introduced addresses specific inequities identified in Descheneaux as well as other sex-based inequities. This included:

  • Flexibility in the types of evidence provided by applicants with an unknown or unstated parent, grandparent or other ancestor.

Bill S-3 also introduced provisions with a delayed implementation (since 2017), they include:

  • 1951 cut-off;
  • Second generation cut-off;
  • Issues related to adoption;
  • Continued federal role in determining Indian status.
  • Other areas open for discussion include categories in Indian registration, border crossing, impacts on language and culture, self-government, and the overall impacts of Bill S-3 will have on the community.


  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | Iohahi:io Adult Education | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | Kawehno:ke Recreation | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For more information on the meetings, please contact Rachel Lazare (613-575-2250) or Dr. Dolly McDonald (


The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Chief Electoral Officer Leona Benedict has released the OFFICIAL results of the Kawehno:ke District Chief By-Election held on December 22, 2018.

There were no appeals received by the appeal deadline.

Therefore, the results below are now official:

  • Vanessa Lee Adams – 49 Votes
  • Lloyd Benedict Sr. – 12 Votes
  • Dennis Chaussi – 54 Votes
  • Fawn Cole-Leaf – 11 Votes
  • Donna Delormier – 21 Votes
  • Victor Martin – 1 Vote
  • Allie Oakes McCumber – 26 Votes
  • Rosemary Square – 21 Votes
  • Robert White – 5 Votes

If you have any questions, please contact the Akwesasne Justice Department or Mohawk Government Office at 613-575-2250.


AMPS RELEASE – Search Warrant Results in Seizure and Arrest

This past Saturday night (December 22, 2018) the Integrated Drug & Crime Unit of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service executed a search warrant at a residence in the District of Tsi Snaihne (Snye). The late night raid was the result of an ongoing investigation into illicit drug trafficking. The warrant execution resulted in the seizure of various types of drugs, an undetermined quantity of currency as well as firearms. Two people were arrested for offences subject to the Cannabis Act, the Criminal Code of Canada as well as the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. 

Both subjects were remanded to custody and will appear on Thursday, December 27, 2018 for a bail hearing. 

Louis Francis, 36 and Valerie Ann Lazore, 40 were charged accordingly before the Valleyfield Provincial Court on the following charges:

  • Possession of cannabis for unlawful sale and distribution subject to the Cannabis Act
  • Two counts of production of cannabis by altering the chemical or physical properties of cannabis subject to the Cannabis Act
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine subject to the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act
  • Possession of a firearm without lawful possession subject to the Criminal Code
  • Unsafe storage of a firearm subject to the Criminal Code
Valerie Ann Lazore was additionally charged with obstructing police in the execution of duty subject to the Criminal Code.

According to Akwesasne Mohawk Police Chief Shawn Dulude, the search warrant was a success as there were items seized at the residence that corroborate the application of the judicial authorization.

“Search warrants are no easy task to obtain, a lot of investigative work is put into the process,” said Chief of Police Dulude. “This was a significant seizure as drugs and guns pose a real safety concern.”

Police seized a large quantity of drugs in various forms and types.

“It will be quite the task to process all the items seized but at this point, I can confirm that there were many seized exhibits that reflect drug trafficking,” added Chief Dulude.


Call Out For Trust Overseers

Due date for applications: Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 4:00pm

Applications will be taken from interested Members to serve as Trust Overseer to advise the Community Trustee as part of the Akwesasne Community Settlement Trust


  • Knowledge of the Kanienkehaka culture and the Akwesasne community
  • A commitment to learning, or enriching his/her knowledge of, the Kanienkeha language
  • Knowledge, understanding and commitment to the role of Trust Overseer
  • Honesty, integrity, ethical conduct and common sense
  • The ability to maintain objectivity, fairness, accountability and operational transparency
  • Knowledge of issues and needs within the community of Akwesasne


  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Have been a resident in the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne for at least ten (10) years and within the last fifteen (15) years.
  • Have demonstrable knowledge and life experience of the Mohawks of Akwesasne.
  • Be willing to put the collective, best interest of the Mohawks of Akwesasne before personal interest.
  • Not be an elected official of either the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne or the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe.
  • Not be a member of the Technical Working Committee of the Akwesasne Community Trust
  • Never have been convicted of an offense under Akwesasne Law, an indictable offense in Canada or a felony in the United States.
  • Not have been convicted of an offense under Akwesasne Law, a summary conviction in Canada or a misdemeanor in the United States in the past five (5) years.

For more information, call Chelsea Francis at the Mohawk Government Office, or Email Applications can be picked up at the MCA Mohawk
Government Building No.1, 29 Third Street in the village of Kana:takon, or download at Completed applications along with a Letter of Interest must be delivered electronically or in person to the addresses listed in the application package no later than the date indicated above.

** Incomplete applications will not be considered**

Kawehnoke By-Election Official Nominations

OFFICIAL list of nominees from the Chief Electoral Officer for the Kawehno:ke District Chief By-Election for which nominations were held on Saturday, November 17.

The individuals have accepted their nomination in accordance with the deadline of 12 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21.


A by-election for the district of Kawehno:ke for one (1) district chief will be held on Saturday, December 22 at the Kawehno:ke Receation Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance polls will be held on Tuesday, December 11 and Tuesday, December 18 by appointment ONLY.


Voters lists will be posted at the following locations in Kawehno:ke:

  • Express Gas
  • Jocks Store
  • Bank of Montreal




  • Donna Delormier
  • Dennis Chaussi
  • Robert White
  • Rosemary Square
  • Victor Martin
  • Allie Oakes-McCumber
  • Vanessa Adams
  • Lloyd Benedict, Sr.
  • Fawn R. Cole-Leaf

A By Election for the District of Kawehnoke, for one(1) District Chief will be held on Saturday December 22, 2018 at the Kawehnoke Recreation Center from 9a.m. to 5p.m. Advance polls will be held on December 11, 2018 and December 18, 2018 by appointment only. Please call Leona Benedict Chief Electoral Officer at 613-575-2250 Ext. 2406 to make an appointment, or if you have any questions or concerns.














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