Call For Written Comment On Proposed Akwesasne Legislative Enactment Law

Enniskó:wa/March 16, 2016

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne ratified Resolution 2015/2016-#345 on March 15, 2016 to initiate the development of an Akwesasne Legislative Enactment Law. The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne recognizes there is a need to create an Akwesasne Law governing legislative development.

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and Akwesasne Justice Department strives to provide a comprehensive Justice System for the people of Akwesasne that is equitable, fair, balances individual and collective rights, and is respectful of culture and heritage as Mohawks. The Akwesasne Legislative Enactment Regulation was established to ensure an open, transparent and accountable law development and ratification procedure for the Mohawks of Akwesasne. This is accomplished by establishing rules of law enactment, standards for legislative drafting, enactment/voting regulations and the establishment of a public law registry system.

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne has established a working task group to develop an Akwesasne Legislative Enactment Law to provide the framework for a community-based and principle-centered law development process. This working task group is comprised of the following technicians: Akwesasne Justice Department Director, Justice Coordinator, Justice Portfolio representatives, and the Grand Chief or designate.

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is calling for written comments from Members as to the subject matter and content that should be contained within the proposed Akwesasne Legislative Enactment Law. The general nature of the provisions to be included in the proposed law includes:

  • Section 1.0 Title
  • Section 2.0 Definitions
  • Section 3.0 Principles and Values
  • Section 4.0 General Provisions
    • Interpretation
    • Standard Definitions
  • Section 5.0 Akwesasne Legislative Commission
  • Section 6.0 Akwesasne Law Development
    •  Phase I: Development of an Akwesasne Law
    •  Phase II: Acceptance in Principle of an Akwesasne Law
    •  Phase III: Community Consultation
    •  Phase IV: Enactment of an Akwesasne Law
    •  Phase V: Ratification/Rejection of an Akwesasne Law
  • Section 7.0 Rescinding an Akwesasne Law
  • Section 8.0 Appeals
  • Section 9.0 Enforcement and Enforceability
  • Section 10.0 Coming Into Force
  • Section 11.0 Amendments

Members wishing to submit written comments on content of the proposed Akwesasne Legislative Enactment Law can submit them to:

Kyrie Ransom, Justice Coordinator
Akwesasne Justice Department
613-575-2250 ext. 2403

PO Box 579
Cornwall, Ontario K6H 5T3

The deadline to submit written comment is March 31, 2016 at 4:00pm.

For more information on the proposed Akwesasne Legislative Enactment Law, please contact the Akwesasne Justice Department at 613-575-2250 ext. 2400.