Environment Program

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Environment Program is located at CIA III 101 Tewesateni Rd., Kawehno:ke , Akwesasne, ON K6H 5R7
Phone: (613) 936-1548    Fax: (613) 938-6760    Open: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  –   Monday to Friday


In the tradition of the Ohen:ton Karihwateh:kwen (The Words That Come Before All Else), 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.

MCA Environment News




We are collecting information from the community on their knowledge and connection to Black Ash as part of our Black Ash Stewardship Project. Through this project we hope to conduct interviews, connect community members to those who currently practice basketmaking and gain feedback on what conservation could look like within our community. To participate in the initial survey, click the link below! 

Black Ash Stewardship Survey



2022 Hill Island Herd Reduction

Dates: November 26th & 27th, 2022 (Longhouse) & December 10th & 11th, 2022 (Personal)

MCA Contact: Taylor Mitchell RSVP by November 23th, 2022

Mohawk Nation Contact: Tyson Thompson RSVP by November 25th, 2022

This hunt is organized in partnership with Mohawk Nation (MNCC), MCA Environment and Parks Canada.  Sign-ups for this hunt are mandatory and hunt information packages can be picked up in Kawehno:ke at CIA III in the Environment Lab – 101 Teweseteni Road. For more information, or to book your appointment contact Taylor Mitchell: 613 575 2250 Ext. 1047 or via email: taylor.mitchell@akwesasne.ca 

AFSAR Projects (2022-2025) 

Project Title: Understanding Sturgeon to Protect Our Future – details coming soon! 

Project Title: Reclaiming Connectivity Through Forested Landscapes in Akwesasne – details coming soon! 

Outreach: We are actively seeking connections to artists, photographers, knowledge holders, traditional teachers to share their family history and stories about Lake Sturgeon and Black Ash. Contact us via social media platforms (Facebook), by email: britney.bourdages@akwesasne.ca 

MCA Environment Past Projects

“Bioblitzing” is a citizen effort to track and monitor species that exist in our communities. We encourage all to get outside, become familiar with our native, aggressive and invasive plants to better utilize them, and gain knowledge on management.  As part of our summer programming, our Summer Students can teach you, your class or your family how to bioblitz and start you off on your Species ID journey! 




Under the Kaienthóhsera Raised Garden Bed initiative, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is attempting to help alleviate food needs by providing raised garden beds to individual households. Each kit includes an 8’x4’x1′ raised garden bed that will be delivered and installed to the residence. The soil will be provided as well as a tray of plants to be planted by the residence. For individuals with or without gardening experience, we will be providing information to help individuals be successful in their food growing with all the information being grounded in who we are as Akwesasronon.

We would like to extend a big niawenhkó:wa to Akwesasne Earth Movers, Northern – Landscapes, and Two House Design-Crafters for making this project possible!




Our Team:

Kayla Sunday, Program Manager
Taylor Mitchell, Conservation Officer
Nathan Seymour, GIS Technician
Curtis Lazore, Environmental Assessment Officer
Jacey Hall, Waste Coordinator
Britney Bourdages Environmental Project Coordinator / St. Lawrence River (Kaniatarowanenneh) Area of Concern
Travis Cole, Environmental Field Technician 
Maegen Mitchel, Environmental Field Technician
Vacant – Environmental Educator
Keri Horne-Burns, Forestry Technician
Vacant, Canadian Coast Guard Liaison Officer

When you contact the Environment Department your call will be directed to the person best suited to assist you. 

What do I do:

All you need to do is contact our department and make an inquiry or request. You only need to care for your environment, our Mother Earth.

Where do I go:

Cornwall Island Administration Building, (CIA #3) is the old Lacrosse Factory on Cornwall Island. Enter the door located on the south side of the building and turn directly left to speak to anyone in the Environment Program Office.


Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment

The Great River Rapport |

The Healing Place (plentycanada.com)

“The Environment Program will strive to protect and enhance the natural environment of Akwesasne”

The Environment Program within the Department of Tehotiiennawakon strives to achieve Sken:nen for all of creation by undertaking programs, projects, and services that respect, protect, and preserve the natural world.

The Environment Program will use the Ohen:ton Karihwateh:kwen (The Words That Come Before All Else) as our Environmental framework and Sken:nen (Peace), Kasatstensera (Power) and Ka’nikonriio (Good Mind) as our guiding principles.


Ionwa’nikonri:io “We All Have a Good Mind” 

Culturally Based Environmental Assessments
Developed from Traditional Teachings – Ohen:ton Karihwahteh:kwen (The Words That Come Before All Else)

– Mohawk Environmental Assessment Officers
30 environmental assessments conducted annually

Harmonized environmental assessments completed
– Three Nations Bridge Crossing North Channel Bridge
– Port of Johnstown Redevelopment Project

Emergency Measures Goal
To assure the territory of Akwesasne is prepared to minimize threats to life, health, safety, and the environment in the event of uncontrolled releases of hazardous materials and natural disasters through exercises, training, and public awareness.

Environment Programs
– Contaminants
– Forestry
– Environmental Education
– Environmental Assessments
– Fisheries
– Emergency Management
– Wetlands
– St. Lawrence River (Kaniatarowanenneh) Area of Concern

Special Projects
– Agricultural Advisement
– Species at Risk
– Invasive Species Control
– Naturalized Knowledge System Practices
– Wetland Habitat Assessment, Conservation, & Education 
– Shoreline Erosion Best Management Practices
– Removal of Aid to Navigation Batteries from River
– Fish Sampling for Contaminants
– Conservation Education

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