Economic Development

“Buy Local Buy Akwesasne”

The Economic Development Program within the Department of Tehotiiennawakon supports the growth and development of a clean and sustainable Akwesasne economy through the development of economic wealth generators, business development and by delivering training and finance programs to Akwesasronon.

Comprehensive Community Plan Spring 2016
Vision Statement: Akwesasne is a united and self-sufficient community. We take pride in our culture and language and enjoy a prosperous, safe and healthy community. We care for our environment, our elders, and the future of our children and grandchildren.


  • Governance: Self governing and safe community.
  • Environment: Better management of lands, monitor and protect environment, and improve community infrastructure.
  • Economy: Create more jobs and business opportunities and expand our education services.
  • Community: Increase fluency in Mohawk language, take pride in our history and culture, increase access to sufficient and affordable housing, improve our health and well-being, supports our elders and special need, improve access to social services, and sup-port our community’s recreational needs.
    Akwesasne Economic Leakage Study – Spring 2014
  • The economic activity of the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory is approximately $140 million.
  • Household Expenditures -$53.4 million
  • Business expenditures -$16.6 million
  • MCA Expenditures – $37.1 million
  • Seventy-six percent (76%) or $107 million is spent outside the community.
  • Recommendations:
  • Grow the economy
  • Reduce economic leakage

Link to report:

Akwesasne Labour Market Information Study 2015-2016

  • Unemployment Rate – 22.6%
  • 2640 people will be within age range to enter the labour market in the next 10 years.
  • Top 5 Training needs of participating Akwesasne employers for the next 5 years:
  • Management and Leadership Skills
  • First line customer service
  • Developing sales strategies, managing sales teams, selling techniques
  • Basic bookkeeping
  • Communication skills (written, oral and listening)