MCA Community Infrastructure
The infrastructure and buildings are relatively new. Most was achieved after 1990, when a great effort was made to provide for infrastructure deficiencies within the Akwesasne community.
Water Treatment Plant
• Opened and dedicated on August 4, 2006; it has the capacity to treat and pump half a million gallons daily and services homes from the west end of Cornwall Island to the Arena road, which provides fire hydrants for its users in its coverage area. Currently most homes are hooked up within this section including the Anowarakowa Arena, Kawehnoke Day Care, and Cornwall Island Administration CIA III. There are also 8 water-waste water plant operators servicing all three Akwesasne facilities.
MCA Cornwall Island Administration
Buildings (CIA III)
• The building opened in 2003 it was constructed on the site of the old lacrosse factory. CIA III houses MCA Administrative offices including the Department of the Environment, the Conservation Office, the Office of Vital Statistics, the Department of Technical Services, the Department of Economic Development and the Emergency Measures office.
Akwesasne Group Home
• The building was first opened in 1993 and is a co-ed facility that can house 9 adolescents from the ages of 12-18. The facility employs 9 full time caseworkers, assistant caseworkers, administration and support staff as well as 6 casual employees, in a year round facility.
Peace Tree Trade Center
• This beautiful landmark building opened in 1992. This mini-mall opened as an incubator mall to assist Akwesasne people in opening independent business. The mall currently houses the Bank of Montreal at its northern anchor and the Akwesasne Economic Development Agency and Kanienkeha language program at the south anchor. The Peace Tree Trade Center also houses 4 beautiful retail stores and one restaurant.
Ahkwesahsne Mohawk School
• The new building was opened in 1982 with an addition being built in 1996 which includes new classrooms and cafeteria. The school has 225 of students from grades K4 and K5 and grades 3-6 it also houses the Head Start program children from the three Akwesasne districts attend the school. The school employs 30 staff which includes principal, teachers, teacher’s aids, teaching assistants, special programs staff, administration, food service, and maintenance.
Kawehnoke Day Care
• This Day Care facility is one of three Day Care facilities operated by the MCA. It has a capacity for children between the ages of 16 months to 6 years old. The building is a refurbished from what was once the Cornwall Island Indian Day School. The day care centre has been in operation since 1992 and employs 7 staff and 2 administrators and is currently undergoing renovations. There are also 3 private home daycare providers on Cornwall Island which care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old.
Kawehnoke Elders Facility
• This building is currently under construction and is scheduled to be opened in early 2007. The site was chosen because of its proximity to the community center and Kawehnoke Day care center. The active Tri-District Elders required a space to house their numerous activities.
• The Anowarakowa Arena opened in August of 1995 and recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary. This 2000 seat capacity Arena is open year round and it has an ice rink for hockey and skating and is utilized in the summer for box lacrosse. The Arena hosts Minor sports hockey and lacrosse for hundreds of children and youth as well as adult teams. The home teams that use the arena are the Junior B Akwesasne Wolves - Hockey, Junior B Lightening and Junior B Eagles- Lacrosse, St. Regis Indians Senior A - Lacrosse, The Warriors and Akwesasne Crash – women’s lacrosse. The Arena grounds include a soccer field and field lacrosse area. The Arena hosts numerous community events throughout the year including national and aboriginal sport tournaments as well as the Akwesasne International Pow Wow which is held on the arena grounds.
Akwesasne - Hogansburg Volunteer
Fire Department (AHVFD)
• This important community organization works jointly to service the Canadian and American portions of Akwesasne. The Akwesasne volunteers are highly skilled and trained in rescue and fire-fighting techniques with a specialty for water rescue operations. The AHVFD is a mutual aid responder for nearby non-native communities and is part of Akwesasne’s emergency measures team. A sub-Station is housed on Cornwall Island.
• Opened in 1994 with an addition built in 1996. Tsiionhwahnonsohte has a 50 bed capacity as well as an adult long term care facility. There are 65 employees that include registered nurses (RN), registered practical nurses (RPN), health care aids, administrators, housekeepers, food service, laundry and maintenance staff. This facility also houses the Kawehnoke Medical Clinic which takes Akwesasne clients by appointment and on a walk-in basis.
Kawehnoke Rent- to- Own Homes
• Opened between 1998 and 2005 on the east end of Kawehnoke (Cornwall Island) 24 homes were built for community members. Kawehnoke Riverview Apartments: Opened in 1994 Kawehnoke Riverview Apartments comprise of 64 rental units that house Akwesasne families.
Iethinisthen:ha (Family Violence Shelter – Men for Change program)
• Opened in 1994 as a safe shelter against victims of domestic violence and can house 5 families. Iethinisthen:ha employees 18 full and part time personnel including counselling staff and outreach workers.
Iakhihsohtha Home for the Elderly
• This elders home was built in 1990 and is a 30-bed facility with a 39 member staff which includes RN’s, RPN’s, dietary staff, health care aids, housekeeper, laundry worker, manager and program assistant with a dietician and physician on call.
Tsi Snaihne Recreation Center
• Rebuilt after a fire and was reopened and dedicated in 2005. The center is open year round with an active schedule for the entire community from children through to elders. Special events fill the annual calendar with room for community and individual fundraising benefits.
Iohahiio Adult Education Facility
• Opened in 1996, it celebrated its tenth anniversary September 2006. Iohahiio services approximately 125 adult education students both part time full time with high school diploma courses and offers courses at the college and university level; Literacy and special interest courses are also provided at the facility. Iohahiio has provided numerous special courses such as nursing, police foundations, human resource management, business administration, teacher assistant, social services, child and youth worker, computer networking etc. A special bachelor’s of social work was also offered recently. Iohahiio employs about 20 professionals, including teachers, and administrators.
Akwesasne - Hogansburg Volunteer
• This important community organization works jointly to service the Canadian and American portions of Akwesasne and operates a sub-Station in the district of Tsi Snaihne.
Tsi Snaihne Housing Development
• Currently this project has erected 13 new homes on School Road, with an additional 17 homes to begin in the summer of 2006 on Hemlock Street. Nine homes are currently being built in Tsi Snaihne and Cornwall Island.
Tsi Snaihne Day Care
• This Day Care facility is one of three Day Care facilities operated by the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. It has a capacity for 26 children between the ages of 16 months to 6 years old. The building was opened in 1993 and employs 7 staff with 2 administrators; there is also 1 private home daycare provider in Tsi Snaihne which cares for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old.
Tsi Snaihne School
• Opened in 1976 with an addition built in 1997 and houses about 175 students from Head Start, K4, K5, through to Grades 1 and 2. Tsi Snaihne School also has a Mohawk immersion program for Grades Pre K through grade 4.
• Opened in 1993, and has approximately 120 students from Head Start, K4 and K5 and grades 7and 8 as well as Alternative Education classes. The school employs 21 staff including, principal, teachers, teacher’s aids, teaching assistants, special programs educators, administrators, food service, and maintenance.
Kanatakon Recreation Center
• Opened in 1993, it’s utilized year round for MCA and community functions for all ages. This vital center is a hub of activity, and has hosted many family gatherings, sports events, community guests and social and cultural programs.
Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service
• Opened in 1997 the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Station employs 32 law enforcement and civilian staff and utilizes the “Central Dispatch” system which services the whole of Akwesasne for police calls, ambulance service, fire, and other emergencies.
Akwesasne Ambulance Service
• Services the whole Akwesasne Community and utilizes the “Central Dispatch” system which answered more than 1,370 calls in 2005. From January 1 to August 8, 2006, the Akwesasne Ambulance has made 784 runs. The Akwesasne Ambulance Service employs 8 Emergency Medical Technicians with 1 term and 2 casual personnel and 1 program manager.
Kanonhkwatsheriio / Health Facility
• Opened in December 1993, Kanonhkwatsheriio houses offices for 15 separate programs which include the Department Of Health Administration, Akwesasne Non Insured Health Benefits Program, Community Health Nurses Program, Akwesasne Medical Clinic, Traditional Medicine Program, Holistic Health And Wellness Program, Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance, Department Of Community And Social Services, Akwesasne Child & Family Services, Akwesasne Community Support Program, Akwesasne Child Care Program, Akwesasne Ambulance Service, Akwesasne Dental Clinic, Optometry, Ononkwasona Pharmacy and the Maintenance Department. The Kanonhkwatsheriio health facility employs more than 180 people with specialized in health related skills.
Administration Building No 1
• Houses MCA Central Services, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Finance.
Administration Building No 2
• Houses Mohawk Government, Nation Building, Aboriginal Rights and Research Office, and the Quebec Government liaison
Administration Building No 3
• Houses the computer and technology support offices for MCA.
Administration Building No 4
• Houses our Housing Department offices.
Angus Mitchell Memorial Building
• Houses the Akwesasne Justice Department offices as well as the MCA archives.
Sweet Grass Manor
• Opened in the early 1990’s and created primarily for unassisted elders’ who live independently.
Kanatakon Water Treatment Plant (KWTP)
• Opened in 1998 with the service crossing the river to Tsi Snaihne in 2004; KWTP provides water services to Kanatakon and Tsi Snaihne with 8 waterwaste water plant operators servicing all three Akwesasne facilities. There have been no boil water advisories within the last 10 years.