“Equity, fairness and respectfulness.”


The Akwesasne Justice Department employs the principle of natural justice to empower the community to safeguard collective rights, primarily, and individuals rights (secondary) for Akwesasronon, while remaining respectful of the community’s heritage and culture.

613 575 2250 extension 2400
Fax: 613 575 1726
Authorities, Boards, Commissions, Tribunals

  • Akwesasne Review Commission
  • Akwesasne Election Appeal Board
  • Akwesasne Appeal Tribunal
  • Neh Kanikonriio Council
  • Akwesasne Legislative Commission
  • Akwesasne Tobacco Commission
  • Akwesasne Review Panel 

A First Nation Justice System
A first in Canada, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne designed a First Nation Justice System based on customary laws which incorporate traditional restorative principles in the three main responsibilities of govern-ment: Law-Making; Adjudication and En-forcement

  • Legislative Enactment Regulation
  • General Referendum Regulation
  • Akwesasne Law Registry
  • Akwesasne Court Law
  • Akwesasne Court Procedures
  • Council of Elders/Appellate Division
  • Compliance and Conservation enforce-ment of Akwesasne Laws.

Development of Laws:

  • 33 Akwesasne Laws Registered
  • 6 laws being amended
  • 2 Regulations to become a Law
  • 4 Laws currently being developed
  • 16 additional laws are needed to meet community priorities

Akwesasne Mohawk Court
Judiciary: Two Justices
Prosecutor and Defense Counsel
As an inherent right court, the judiciary is overseen by the Akwesasne Review Com-mission to ensure judicial independence.
The Akwesasne Tekaia’torehtha:ke Kaianer-enhsera (Akwesasne Court Law) sets out the principles, powers and authorities of the court and reflects the values of the Mohawks of Akwesasne and the principles of Sken:nen (peace), Kasastensera (strength) and Kanikonri:io (a good mind), respect, fairness and natural justice.
The Akwesasne Court Law is enacted in exercise of the inherent right of self-government of the Mohawks of Akwesasne as recognized and affirmed by the Royal Proclamation of 1763; section 35 of the Constitution Act 1982; and, by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indige-nous Peoples.


  • Adjudication of Akwesasne Laws
  • Court appointed defense services
  • Peacebond Hearings
  • Mediation Services
  • Appeals

Akwesasne Community Justice Program
In 2004, a Crown Protocol agreement was established between MCA, DOJ Quebec and MAG Ontario for diversion and community justice services.


  • Neh Kanikonriio Council (Criminal Court Diversions) 30-50 diversions/yr
  • Aboriginal Court Worker Program to assist the accused, victims and witnesses to understand rights, responsibilities and options available to the offender and the victim. .

Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Youth Liaison Worker
Youth Reintegration Worker:

  • Comm. Services Monitor
  • Community Service Monitor
  • (Youth Personal Service Orders)
  • Extra-Judicial Measures (since 2012) = 84 clients
  • Extra-Judicial Services (since 2012) = 63 clients

Native Inmate Liaison Officer Program
Native programming, services and counselling at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre.

  • Culturally relevant programming
  • Sweat Lodge on site
  • Smudging
  • Referral Services


  • Akwesasne Court
  • Legal Services
  • Legislative Services
  • Akwesasne Community Justice Program
  • Akwesasne Court
  • Compliance Program
  • Conservation Program
  • Early Release Parole
  • Ontario Probation
  • Quebec Probation
  • Youth Probation & Reintegration


  • ATV Registrations
  • Boat Registrations
  • Boat Safety Course
  • Court Worker Services
  • Firearms Safety Course
  • Jury Duty Notices
  • Complaints on CBSA
  • Mediation Services
  • Criminal Diversions
  • Gladue Writer
  • Cultural Sensitivity Training
  • Legislative Services
  • Legal Services
  • Paralegal Services
  • Native Counselling Services



Iatathróna Raotiientáhtsera “Couples Property” Law


Director: Joyce King
Contact Info: 613-575-2250 • Ext. 2400
Fax:  613-575-1726
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