The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne resurrected its Ionkwakwé:nion “We Accomplished It” Book of Accomplishments on Tuesday evening with a special induction ceremony and dinner honouring all first responders.

The Book of Accomplishments was created during the last Council’s term and was on a hiatus. In bringing it back to the intended monthly schedule, a large kick-off event was held and first responders were selected as the special recipients.

Chiefs served attendees dinner at the event, which was held at the unrecognizable A’nowara’ko:wa Arena, transformed into a beautiful large event hall to show respect to the guests of honour.

“It is an event we feel is very important to the continued well-being of our community, to support the individuals who care for us in the most urgent of times, and who deserve our daily thanks and appreciation,” Chief April Adams-Phillips told the audience. “We hope that through this event, we are helping to show you that you’re important to all of us, and we have all been impacted over the years by your work, bravery, and self-less ability to step up when lives depend on you.

Police, dispatchers, ambulance personnel, and firefighters were invited from all of Akwesasne’s emergency service organizations; The Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department, the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police, and Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance. Special recognition was also given to outside agencies that serve the Akwesasne community, including Seaway Ambulance, Cornwall, Bombay, Fort Covington and Massena fire departments, and surrounding police agencies.

All first responders in attendance were invited to sign the Book of Accomplishments and each organization was given a wood-burned plaque featuring words of appreciation.

Niawenko:wa to all first responders for the selfless choices you’ve made to protect the community.

Niawenko:wa to the following for their donations to this event:
MCA Wholistic Health & Wellness Program
MCA Dept. of Community & Social Services & the Akwesasne Family Wellness Program
Mohawk Government & Council
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe & Akwesasne Mohawk Casino
MCA Community Health Program

Special thanks to:
Our youth volunteers who served dessert to the first responders
Midnight Confetti
Alana Jaquemet (Guest speaker)
The A’nowara’kowa Arena staff
KBE Photobooth
Linda S Sunday Catering
DJ Hightower
And the planning committee:
Chief April Adams Phillips
Chief Vanessa Adams
Ryan King
Waheson Lazore
Ashley Tarbell
Shannon Roundpoint