Kahnawà:ke Community Decision Making Process

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MCK Election Law Stakeholders Consultation set for next Tuesday - 12/13/2017 (HTML Version)
KLCC Final Record of Conclusion: November 2, 2017 - 12/12/2017 (HTML Version)
KLCC announces Election Law Stakeholders Consultation meeting for mandate to amend the law - 11/30/2017 (HTML Version)
Request received to amend the Mohawk Council of Kahnawą:ke Election Law - 11/17/2017 (HTML Version)
KLCC announces confirmation of Categorization for proposed Cannabis legislation - 11/15/2017 (HTML Version)
KLCC Final Record of Conclusion: October 5, 2017 - 11/14/2017 (HTML Version)
KLCC Final Record of Conclusion: July 6, 2017 - 11/09/2017 (HTML Version)
Kahnawake Legislative Coordinating Commission receives second request for Cannabis legislation - 10/31/2017 (HTML Version)
Kahnawake Legislative Coordinating Commission receives request for Cannabis legislation - 10/18/2017 (HTML Version)
Mohawk Council of Kahnawą:ke Disciplinary Measures Regulations - 09/29/2017 (HTML Version)

30-day Community Feedback Period begins today and ends Saturday, December 16, 2017

November 17, 2017

The Kahnawà:ke Legislative Coordinating Commission would like to inform the community that it has received a request to revise the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke Election Law. The request was received by the Election Law Working Group. In general, the amendments to the law are structural and cosmetic in nature except for one amendment, that is the proposed change from and elected Electoral Officer to an appointed Electoral Officer.

This is a Type I law that would follow the Amendment Process with the Technical Drafting Committee determining the Scope of the amendments.

The next steps will see the Technical Drafting Committee meeting to:
1) Begin consultations throughout the community on the proposed amendments to the law;
2) Scheduling of the Community Stakeholders Consultation to obtain a community Mandate and approval of the Purpose of the law to move through the CDMP.
3) Holding the First Hearing in the New Year.

To review the law, click here

KAHNAWÀ:KE Justice System K103 Partyline Talkshow Topic

June 25, 2015

Chief Christine Zachary Deom and Director of Justice Services Ron Skye are guests on the K103 Partyline Talkshow to discuss the recently passed Kahnawà:ke Justice System Act.

CDMP Revisions in the works, Feedback and Suggestions needed

FEBRUARY 24, 2015

Feedback and/or suggestions on proposed revisions to the Community Decision Making Process (CDMP) are underway. A substantial majority of participants have indicated they feel the CDMP is too lengthy. In response to this, the KLCC is proposing several changes to improve efficiency. They include:

  1. Instituting a limit of six months for the creation of new laws or amendments to existing laws
  2. Mandating that more preliminary work take place before the laws or amendments are brought to the community
  3. Eliminating the Third Hearing and replacing it with a Formal Reading where the law is read into the public record

Other changes are being proposed to both the Type I process (fundamental laws that affect the entire community), the Type II process (laws that are regulatory in nature that affect specific segments of the community or special interest groups), as well as other related processes.

Official Press Release announcement
Summary of CDMP Revisions
CDMP Draft Regulations Flowchart
CDMP Draft Type I Fundamental Process Flowchart
CDMP Draft Type II Regulatory Process Flowchart


FEBRUARY 12, 2015

The Community Feedback report on proposed amendments to the Kahnawà:ke Membership Law can be accessed at the link below.

The feedback period to view the First Draft ended on 23, Tsothohrkó:wa/January 2015.

Questions or requests for Information on the Feedback Report and the proposed amendments to the law should be directed to Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke Membership Registrar Rose-Ann Morris at 450-638-0500 or roseann.morris@mck.ca

Kahnawà:ke Membership Law Community Feedback Report

Tobacco Community Feedback report available for viewing

December 23, 2014

The Kahnawà:ke Legislative Coordinating Commission (KLCC) wishes to advise the community that the report on Community Feedback has been completed and submitted. The document is now available for viewing below.

Tobacco Law Community Feedback Report

First draft of the KAHNAWÀ:KE Membership law

December 11, 2014

The first draft of amendments to the Kahnawà:ke Membership Law has entered the 30-day Community Feedback Period and is available for reading by downloading below.

The second draft of the Kahnawà:ke Membership Law
The second draft of the Kahnawà:ke Membership Law - with track changes

Kahnawà:ke Family Homes and Matrimonial Interests Law

July 30, 2014

The new draft of the proposed Kahnawà:ke Family Homes Law is now available for viewing.

Click here for more

Draft of the Kahnawà:ke Tobacco Law

July 18, 2014

The draft of the Proposed Tobacco Law is now available for review.

Click here for more

Second draft of the KAHNAWÀ:KE Justice System

December 11, 2013

The second draft of the Kahnawà:ke Justice System is available for reading by downloading below.

The second draft of the Kahnawà:ke Justice System
The second draft of the Kahnawà:ke Justice System - with track changes


Posted on NOVEMBER 8, 2013

The Kahnawà:ke Legislative Coordinating Commission is pleased to publish the record of discussions from the 15th Community Consultation meeting held on Tuesday, November 5th on the proposed amendments to the Kahnawà:ke Membership Law.

Click here to view the report

The Community Feedback Report for the draft amendments to the Kahnawá:ke Election Law released

Posted on October 10, 2013

The community feedback report for the first draft of proposed amendments to the Kahnawà:ke Election Law is now available. The report is based on the community feedback recieved during the 30-day period which ended September 27th, 2013.

Click here to view the report

Community Decision Making Process survey results

Posted on August 28, 2013

The Kahnawà:ke Legislative Coordinating Commission is pleased to publish the results of a survey which ran from January through August 2013. The intent of the survey was to find out what perceptions the community had already about Community Decision Making Process, why there was such a low turn-out at community hearings, and to educate community members about the existing process.

Click here to view the results

MCK Election Law amendments, 30-Day review Process begins

Posted on august 21, 2013

The draft of the proposed amendments to the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke Election Law are now available to the community for a 30-day Review Period. Any and all feedback should be directed to Trina C. Diabo. Feedback/comments will be accepted until Friday, 27 Seskehkó:wa/September at 4pm.

Three documents (the draft amendments; a synopsis of the amendments; and a community feedback form) are available in the links below:




The amendments made to the Law were received throughout the Information Dissemination Phase, in October to December of 2011, and the Hearings at the Community Decision Making Process, which were held in February and March of 2012.

MCK announces plan to create law to counter Canada's S-2 legislation

Posted on July 19, 2013

(orginally published June 27, 2013 on KahnawakeTV.com)


In a press conference on Wednesday, June 27th, Mohawk Council of Kahnawą:ke (MCK) Chiefs Lloyd Phillips and Clinton Phillips announced the plan of action in regard to Canada's S-2 legislation. The MCK will be approaching the community to give the mandate to use the 'Urgent Law-Making Provisions' in the Community Decision Making Process to begin the creation of a Kahnawą:ke law to counter the Federal Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act (S-2). The legislation received Royal Assent on 19, Ohiarķ:ha/June and the new regime will come into force one year from the date that will be established by an Order-in-Council to be passed by Canada.

New Video Series launched to promote understanding of the Community Decision Making Process

Posted on June 3, 2013


The Kahnawà:ke Legislative Coordinating Commission is attempting to reach out to the community to create a greater understanding of the Community Decision Making Process through an upcoming series of videos. In this first segment Kahente Horn-Miller talks about a survey project that's been ongoing and introduces Orenda Boucher Curotte, who has taken over the file.

K103 Radio Partyline Talkshow on Membership Hearings

Posted on April 18, 2013

Lori Jacobs speaks with Tricia Skawenati Fragnito who has been attending the hearings on possible ammendments to Kahnawà:ke Membership Law as an observer. Skawenati offers her unique perspective on how the process has been unfolding.

Listen here
Click here to listen

First Meeting On Membership Amendments

Posted on March 5, 2013


The first CDMP meeting on amendments to the membership law took place at the Karonhianónhnha School Gymnasium. While the was no consensus reached on the amendments - which is no surprise - KTV was on hand to get some reactions.

Community Decision Making Process Video Dramatization

Posted on February 21st, 2013

This video was created to give Kahnawa’kehró:non a sample of how the Community Decision Making Process (CDMP) works. The video uses the proposal of an imaginary law to illustrate the basic premise of the CDMP and how people participate in creating or amending Kahnawà:ke laws.

“It’s not a clinical look at the process but, rather, a realistic dramatization of the process in action,” said KLCC Coordinator Kahente Horn-Miller.

KahnawÀ:ke Membership Law Background Information

Posted on DECember 14th, 2012

The following links will take you to the Conceptual & Operational Report on the Kahnawake Membership Law and a Summarized Version of the Kahnawake Membership Law..

Membership Community Consultations begin on January 24, 2013 at Karonhianonha School Gym from 6pm to 8:30pm.

Posted on November 20th, 2012

As part of the Community Decision Making Process, a campaign has been launched to inform Kahnawa’kehró:non on the Kahnawà:ke Membership Law before the law goes to the community for review and amendment.

Download the Kahnawake Membership Law Information Package. This document includes links to the Membership Summary Report, Membership Report, Council of Elders Report and the 2011 Membership Survey Results.

This link will take you to the current Kahnawà:ke Membership Law and Regulations.

The Membership Newsletter will provide a quick review of the events leading up to the current Membership Law.

Community members are invited to attend one of a series of information sessions that the Membership Department has organized to review summary information on the Membership Law, the reviews of the law and the key issues.

The Membership Law Information Sessions will be held at the Kahnawake Shakotiia’takehnhas Community Services building on the following dates and times:
Thursday, November 22 6pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, November 27 12 noon to 1:30pm

KahnawÀ:ke Justice Act Community Consultation Hearings

Posted on October 16th, 2012

Two more community hearings are scheduled to discuss the draft of the Kahnawà:ke Justice Act and are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, October 30th & Thursday, November 8th

Both hearing will be held from 6pm until 8:30pm at Karonhianonhnha School.

Justice Act Community Consultation Results

Posted on SEPTEMBER 21, 2012

Results of September 19th, 2012 Proposed Kahnawa:ke Justice Act Community Consultation: Deliberations to continue on Tuesday, September 25 at 6pm.

Click here to view

First Draft of KahnawÀ:ke Justice Act available for viewing

Posted on July 18, 2012

The first draft of the Kahnawà:ke Justice System is now available for review. In accordance with the Community Decision Making Process, a sixty day consultation period has begun and Community Hearings will be held where the draft will formally be presented to the community for discussion.

1. Wednesday, 19 Seskehkó:wa/September, from 6:00 to 8:30pm
2. Tuesday, 25 Seskehkó:wa/ September, from 6:00 to 8:30pm
3. Tuesday, 9 Kenténha/October, from 6:00 to 8:30pm
4. Saturday, 13 Kenténha/October, 1:00 to 3:30pm

Download the First Draft of the Kahnawà:ke Justice System

Request for Law Deeming tobacco illegal - report on activities

Posted on May 2, 2012

The Report on Activities for the 60 day information dissemination (Phase 1) for the Request for Law Deeming Tobacco Illegal.

Dated Enníska/February to Enniskó:wa/March 2012

Download report


The 2nd Community Consultation for the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke Election Law will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Tuesday, March 20th, from 6-8pm. The question to be asked is: "Are there any other additions to the amendments of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke Election Law?"

Download the report and theme documents below to be prepared for the next consultation.

Record of Discussion for the 1st Hearing, held on February 28th, 2012
Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke Election Law Themes

Anti-Tobacco Law Questionnaire

February 20, 2012

Jeffrey Diabo and Akenhnhahse White will host an Information Kiosk on the Anti-Tobacco Request for Legislation on Thursday, February 23rd at the Kahnawà:ke Services Complex.

Information on the proposed law and a survey will be handed out. If you would like to fill one out prior to the kiosk, please download a copy and hand deliver to Jeffrey Diabo before March 30th, 2012 at 4pm.

Jeffrey and Akenhnhahse will also be featured on Mohawk TV, in the Eastern Door and on the K103 Radio Partyline Talkshow (Thursday at 12pm) during this week.

Click here to download the survey

For more information, please contact Jeffrey directly at Jeffrey.Diabo@mck.ca or 514-774-6404.

SanitaRy Conditions Law

February 1, 2012

For more information on the 2011/12 Amendments to the Sanitary Conditions Law, please access the following documents:

Third Hearing Minutes - January 10, 2012
Second 30-Day Community Review Report - November 2, 2011

Report on Community Participant Feedback in the Second Reading - November 2, 2011
30-Day Community Review Report - May 2011
Report on Community Participant Feedback in the First Reading - May 9, 2011
Office of the Council of the Chiefs Memo - Record of Decision - Nov. 28, 2011
Office of the Council of the Chiefs Memo - Record of Decision - Sept. 6, 2011
Office of the Council of the Chiefs Memo - Record of Decision - June 21, 2011

election law recommendations

November 16, 2011

View the recommendations for amendments to the Kahnawake Election Law. Click here to view.

Revised KahnawÀ:ke Legislative Coordinating Commission (KLCC) Mandate

Updated September 19, 2011

Click here to view the LCC Mandate


Updated October 25, 2010

A look at Membership in Kahnawą:ke: A powerpoint presentation given by past Membership Registrar Rodney Thomas.

Questionnaire on membership in kahnawà:ke and the 2003 membership law

Updated September 7, 2010

This questionnaire is part of an information package made available to participants of the Membership Community Information Sessions held between September 8, 2010 and October 2, 2010.

Click here to view

Onkwari'washon:'a - The Journal of Public Record for Legislative Matters

Updated June 23, 2010

The first legislative journal, Onkwariwa'shon:'a has been made available at several locations within the community and is also available on this web site.

Click here to view the Onkwariwa'shon:'a Newsletter


This site is intended to provide the community with up to the minute information on any and all laws being created or amended through the new Community Decision-Making Process.

The Legislative Coordinating Commission was created on April 1, 2007 to develop this process from beginning to end. It currently consists of: Leslie Skye - Interim Program Coordinator; Ron Skye - Justice and Related Services Representative; Jean Pommainville - Legal Services Representative; Dwaine White - Office of the Council of Chiefs Secretariat; and Joe Delaronde - Communications Representative. The Legislative Coordinating Commission also includes a Chiefs Oversight Committe. They are Chiefs William 'Billy' Diabo, Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer, Robert ' Bobby' Patton, Clinton Phillips and Martin Leborgne.

This site has been designed to make it easy for community members to keep up to date on current legislation and amendments. Community members also have the opportunity to provide feedback through an online form.