Mohawk Council of Kanesatake

Mohawk Council of Kanesatake

July 08, 2009 12:12 ET

The Kanesatake Mohawk Council condemns criminal acts

KANESATAKE, QC, July 8- The Mohawk Council of Kanesatake is
condemning the actions of certain community members in the aftermath of the
events that took place in the early hours of Monday, July 6.

The Mohawk Council is also reminding the Surete du Quebec that, at the
current time, they are responsible for policing the community and cannot
abdicate that responsibility.

Early Monday morning a house was burned and a truck was rammed off the
road in Kanesatake. Miraculously, no one was killed in either incident. The
problem has been ongoing and Monday's events are the culmination of a long
series of incidents in which certain people have decided that laws don't apply
to them. These actions paint the entire community in a poor light.

"The people of Kanesatake are sick and tired of this - it has to stop,"
said Grand Chief Sohenri:se Nicholas.

Much of the problem is a result of the Surete du Quebec not following
through with policing on a regular basis, and allowing for small incidents to
escalate. Currently, it is costing the Quebec taxpayers approximately $350,000
per month for the Surete du Quebec to police Kanesatake. The Mohawk Council
expects the Surete du Quebec to do what they are being paid for.

In the meantime, policing and public security issues are being addressed
through community consultations that are expected to conclude in September
2009. The Mohawk Council of Kanesatake, Public Safety, Emergency Preparedness
Canada and Quebec Public Security must address the underlying issues in
Kanesatake, such as drug abuse problems with the youth.

Contact Information

  • Chief Sohenri:se Nicholas
    Mohawk Council of Kanesatake
    Cell: 514-241-8392
    Office: 450-479-8373