Mohawk Council of Kanesatake

Mohawk Council of Kanesatake

October 17, 2006 17:37 ET

Kanesatake's Grand Chief Calls For a Public Inquiry and Wants His Copy of the Financial Audit

Steven Bonspille Wants the Whole Truth to Come Out

KANESATAKE, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 17, 2006) - Kanesatake's Grand Chief Steven Bonspille wants his copy of the financial audit on the Kanesatake's Mohawk Council activities and of the events of January 2004, done at the request of the Department of Public Safety Canada. However, he vigorously reiterates his call of last January for a public inquiry on the irregularities surrounding the police operations requested by former Grand Chief James Gabriel. "Several months have gone by since I asked for a copy, he claims, but neither the Federal, nor Quebec want to reveal the truth. Everything remains hidden, and it's time that people know. The report announced yesterday only justifies my request for a public inquiry", claims Steven Bonspille.

Details revealed in Radio-Canada's reports yesterday indicate clearly that there are obscure points, which only a public inquiry can clarify. "The report revealed yesterday only raises more questions, says Steven Bonspille. The media reports do not say that the situation described is still ongoing. The Mohawk Council of Kanesatake continues to administer from outside the territory, and I am still being denied access to major files on the financial administration of the Council. There is no doubt on my part that only an official public inquiry will shed light on a very complex situation which seems to be ongoing".

In January 2006, the media have again revealed that Quebec's former ministre de la Securite publique, Jacques Chagnon, had described the 2004 police operations in Kanesatake as "illegal". Following the broadcast, Steven Bonspille had called for a public inquiry, saying namely that all light had not been shed on the use and management of firearms by the Police Force, as well as on financial management. "The media do an excellent work in drawing attention to a deplorable situation, but it is up to governments to act and to be transparent. The general public has the right to know how public funds are being managed and what was the nature of the relationship between the Council led by James Gabriel and governments, adds Grand Chief Steven Bonspille. What the media have revealed is but one aspect of reality".

Grand Chief Bonspille contends that Kanesatake's community cannot move ahead without obtaining clarifications that can only be provided by governments, and that a wide consensus exists within the community over such a public process. "Without putting all facts on the table, without a complete public inquiry, how does one ensure that the dealings revealed yesterday do not happen again", asks Steven Bonspille.

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