Infrastructure, Housing, and Environment

Mission Statement

The Department of Infrastructure, Housing, and Environment (DIHE) will provide professional project delivery of service to the community in planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining all community buildings and infrastructure.

Department Summary

DIHE coordinates the conceptual planning, design and construction of capital facilities and infrastructure as well as municipal services. The department, management and technical personnel coordinate all phases of construction and renovation to all MCA facilities. As well we provide capital needs planning, identification, and oversight of MCA construction projects, and development and enforcement of community standards for construction safety and labor codes. All programs pertaining to the delivery of service are included below for the community’s information.

The Department of Infrastructure, Housing, and Environment is under the direction 

Leslie Papineau
Acting Director, Technical Projects Manager

Programs and Services


The Management within the Department of Infrastructure, Housing, and Environment is the central location for specific contacts to other programs within the department. Management is responsible for implementation of all capital projects approved by the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. As well as providing oversight and coordination functions for community infrastructure planning and maintenance programs.

Karla Ransom
Executive Assistant

Housing Sector

The DIHE Housing Sector is established to develop and implement a fair and equitable housing policy and to ensure that the members of the Akwesasne community have equal access to affordable and quality housing.

Charmaine Caldwell
Associate Director, DIHE


Building & Infrastructure

Building & Infrastructure Maintenance personnel monitor the service connections of private residences, plan, coordinate, implement and supervise renovations and maintenance to all facilities. Our maintenance crews use a computerized maintenance management system to ensure safe and efficient operation of the all community assets within the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. Building & Infrastructure Administration oversees and manages the maintenance of the Water & Waster Water Infrastructure, Educational Facilities, Department of Health, Department of Community & Social Services, and other MCA facilities.


John Adams
Waste Water Manager
St. Regis Maintenance Station
613-575-2250 Ext. 3403
Clayton Benedict
DOH Department of Health /
Department of Community & Social Services
613-575-2341 Ext. 1023
Anthony Benedict
A/AMBE Maintenance Mgr
AMBE Akwesasne Mohawk Board of Education
613-933-0409 Ext. 1004

Public Works (Roads)

The Roads Program personnel maintain 66 miles (105 km) of infrastructure as well as three bridges within Akwesasne. Operations include grading, sanding, snow removal, road repair, general maintenance and emergency response. Our road crew is on-call 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.
Your contact person is:

Stanley Jacobs
CENTRAL DISPATCH: (613) 575-2340
PHONE: (613) 938 – 5476

Environment Services

The Environment Program strives to better understand, protect, maintain, and enhance the natural environment of Akwesasne. We acknowledge the contributions of all elements of creation and strive to ensure that projects within our community adhere to safe environmental practices while keeping aware of current environmental and health issues. We are also committed to sharing knowledge of our Environment through Education and Connection to Community.

Abraham Francis
PHONE: (613) 575-2250 Ext. 1038



Building Akwesasnes Roads, Water, and Infrastructure

Vision Statement
The Department of Infrastructure, Housing, and Environment will provide professional project delivery service to the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of all community buildings and infrastructure. This service will be delivered according to Policies and Directives of the Organization.


DIHE Roads
(6 Truck drivers—Operators)

  • 47 kilometers of road way to maintain
  • 8.75 Kilometers of gravel roadways
  • 38.25 kilometers of paved roadways
  • 3 Plow Trucks
  • 2 graders
  • 1 Backhoe
  • 1 Front end loader
  • 3 trailers
  • 1 tractor
  • 3 Wood chippers


(47 Total Staff in Maintenance)
52,000 m2 / 550,000 total square footage Buildings to main-tain

  • Administrative Buildings
  • Health Facility
  • Police Station—Sub Station
  • Arena
  • 4 Schools
  • 2 Elder Facilities
  • Family Wellness Shelters
  • Group Home
  • Maintenance Buildings

WWW Program
(8 Operators)

  • 2 Water plants
  • 41 kilometers of Watermain
  • 1400 Service connections
  • Sewage Treatment Plant
  • 6 Sewage Treatment Units
  • 8.2 km sewage Collection mains
  • 8 km sewer,
  • 452 Service Connections

DIHE Admin Office

  • Director
  • Engineer
  • Executive Assistant
  • Tender Ready Projects
  • Buckshot Road Reconstruction
  • Park Street / Hilltop Drive rec.
  • Kanatakon School UST Removal
  • Snye Sewage Treatment Plant
  • River Road Reconstruction


After Hours Emergencies
DOH Buildings —613 930– 3492
AMBE Buildings —613 551 7428
Admin Buildings—613 930—3490
Roads—On call list – Central Dispatch – 613-575-2000
WW/W—518 404—2252