Reconciliation Between Kanesatake and its Neighbours.

Written by on January 14, 2020

After tempers flared over a proposed land transfers last summer, the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake and mayors from surrounding municipalities have agreed to create a permanent committee where elected officials can hear each other’s perspectives. “It’s always a good first step. Understanding each other is the first step towards to peace and stability. I’ve always said that a community, a nation, can’t prosper under confrontation and division and hatred. Try to change that at least one little step at a time,” Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon said.

The MRC is made up of seven municipalities on the north shore of the Lake of Two Mountains, including the town of Oka. The first meeting between the council and members of the Deux-Montagnes regional county municipality (MRC) is set for the spring. “There’s an economic purpose as well,” Simon said. “Because we have been shut out of the economy for so long. We have to find a way to turn that around. We’re here, we’re not going anywhere, and they’re there. In the near future I am hoping that more and more lands will be able to come back to Kanesatake and maybe economic opportunities along with it.”

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