Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Meeting Notes – August 23, 2021

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Notes published by Grand Chief Abram Benedict.

• Representatives from the Nation Building Program provided Council with an overview of the draft governance code and the proposed actions to support governance development.

• Council discussed a proposed traffic study for all three districts and agreed that a resolution will be forthcoming to commission the study. Administration will follow up on the feasibility of temporary placement measures on McDonald Road located in the district of Tsi Snaihne to mitigate risks.

• A briefing was provided on the Ontario Residential School Leadership Meetings and the recent request from Akwesasne survivors.

• Council discussed the decision to host General and District Meetings on Zoom rather than in person. Meetings will continue online for now and the decision will be revisited in two weeks.

• A briefing was provided on the current Council initiative to have Island annual lease fees reduced for Akwesasne members. Council determined the initiative will be extended but the annual fee will be adjusted from the current $250.

• Council discussed a request from the Cornwall Community Museum for a representative to participate on committee. Portfolio will identify a representative and follow-up.

• A request to include financial expenditures on Council reports was discussed. Council will examine process and viability when regular financial reports are provided.

• Council reviewed the current Council committees and will provide the Government Manager with interest for appointment ratifications.

• A letter of request for Council endorsement on policing concerns in the corridor on Kawehno:ke was discussed and will be forwarded to the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Commission.

• Council discussed the ongoing concern with vehicles parking on the street on Kana:takon. Administration will follow up on signage placement, MCA communications will remind community of parking safety and the proposed traffic study will review parking considerations.

• An update was provided on the recent Kana:takon Shoreline clean-up initiative and upcoming initiatives.

• Council discussed the continued concern with multijurisdictional police chases and will follow up with the police commission.

• MCR’s passed: Approval of (4) amendments to Akwesasne Canada funding agreement; Approval of new lease on Ross Island; Approval of (3) land allotment to community member(s) for loan paid off; Approval of MCA signing authorities BMO US Harris Account.

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