Independent Civil Investigation Into Asbestos Containing Materials in Kahnawake
Written by Paul Graif on February 18, 2021
A civil investigation will be conducted into the issue of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) found on residential and common lands in Kahnawake. In a release from the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, it stated that an independent investigator will gather facts, events, timelines and decision-making. The investigation is expected to take place beginning in April and last until August
The Project Team is made up of Elected Officials Cody Diabo, Gina Deer and Lindsay LeBorgne.
“There’s going to be a selective tendering of a private firm, investigation firm,” Diabo said. “So once they’re chosen, they’re basically going to be looking back at all the information, interviewing people, probably within the MCK.”
The release goes on to say that in order to ensure transparency and independence, there will also be a community-member observer as part of the investigation.
“We are going to iron out the facts about how we are going to increase transparency and accountability,” Diabo said. “Some community rep or reps to sort of sit in there and also get the information so that when the investigative summary comes out at the end of the process, which is August, they can attest that yes this is true.”
This investigation is separate from the Asbestos Working Group, whose work on remediating the situation is on-going.