Akwesasne Election Law – Amendment

The Mohawks of Akwesasne enacted a customary election law in 1988 ensuring that selection of leadership was in accordance with local community custom. This law was subsequently amended to the current document called the Akwesasne Election Law in 2005. Amendments to this law have been brought forward to the community in 2008, 2011, and 2018 – all were rejected by the community.

In administering the law since 2005 the Akwesasne community, Akwesasne Tekaia’torehthà:ke (Akwesasne Court), Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, and administration, have identified a need to amend the Akwesasne Election Law.

The Akwesasne Legislative Commission did select the amendment of the Akwesasne Election Law as a priority for 2019. This law is currently being amended according to the amendment provisions contained within that law. A draft amendment has been developed and is currently in the process of receiving community feedback.

Information Meetings were held to discuss the amendment of Akwesasne Election Law section 18.0 from April-June 2019. The comments are currently being reviewed and this proposed amendment will be brought to the community for approval in the coming months. For more information on this proposed amendment contact the Akwesasne Justice Department at 613-575-2250 ext. 2400.