We are excited to announce that we are working with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne: Aboriginal Rights and Research Office to educate and listen to Members on their thoughts and opinions on resolving the 130-year-old land claim. To assist on this, we employed community specialists to help inform the community and will be hosting several different community sessions in the coming months.
Also, we have the directive to educate and inform Members on the Tsikaristisere/Dundee land claim. The goal is to ensure Members are informed on the land claim and advise Members on how to voice their opinion. Ultimately it is the Membership that will decide if the community accepts or rejects the proposed settlement agreement with Canada, specifically on the Tsikaristisere/Dundee land claim.
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Below is our team assisting the Membership of the Tsikaristisere/Dundee land claim, informational and referendum education processes on the ground.
Lawrence is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation from central Vancouver Island. In his current role, as founder of OneFeather, Lawrence works with Nations on elections & referendums, excellence in governance, project management, human resource management, economic development, and organizational leadership and success. Lawrence founded OneFeather in 2014 to give First Nations a much-needed communications platform to discuss important topics, increase community engagement, and build strong, empowered and unified Nations.
Lawrence brings vast indigenous experience and knowledge to the Akwesasne Dundee Land Claims Settlement Project. With a great team support behind him guided with a look from the past, who understand the end goal and the importance of this project.
Marc has spent the last 27 years working with Indigenous Business,and First Nation communities in capacity building and training, as well as developing and implementing economic plans for prosperity. In his capacity of creating and training boards of First Nation economic development corporations, to serving as a CEO for said boards - Marc has built a solid reputation as a irreplaceable asset to business development; especially in the area of training. As the CEO of a First Nations consulting firm over the past 15 years, and long time associate of OneFeather, Marc has been involved in developing models for prosperity that address positive health and social outcomes through capacity building, education and training.
Marc brings to the Akwesasne Dundee Land Claims Settlement Project the experience, success and relationships that come with over a quarter of a century of commitment to Indigenous education and training, economic development, health issues and prosperity; as well as his executive level experience creating and running various companies.
Community Engagement Specialists
Chessie (Katsitsiaroroks) Thomas
She:kon Sewakwekon. My name is Chessie Thomas (Wolf Clan), My parents are Krystal Thomas and Jeff Conners and my grandparents are Lois Thomas and Mike and Charlene Thomas; all from Akwesasne. I have lived up and down the East Coast, but have always called Akwesasne 'home'. I returned to Akwesasne in 2008 and, since that time, have been involved with community development, both professionally and personally.
As a result, I'm excited to be working with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne's Aboriginal Rights & Research Office as a Community Engagement Specialist and efforts to resolve the Dundee Land Claim. Over the coming months, I look forward to interacting, learning and sharing information on the proposed settlement agreement. The opportunity to reclaim our ancestral lands for the benefit of our community members makes me proud to be Onkwehonwe and, in particular, an Akwesasnoron.
Kayla Sunday She:kon Sewakwekon. My name is Kayla Kahnehratiostha Sunday. Parents are Pete Jr and Nancy Sunday; grandparents are Peter Sunday Sr (Darlene) and Norah Mitchell-Jacobs. I hold a Bachelor degree from the University of Ottawa in Communications with a Minor in Psychology. My passion and past has typically brought me to jobs which facilitate community betterment (health, activity, education) with my most recent position being with the SRMT as a Career Pathways Program Mentor in 2017. I hold the hope and the vision that I can use my gained skills and knowledge base to share and contribute to the community in any way possible with the strong belief that education is the key to any success.
I aim to bring the latest, most relevant and accessible forms of knowledge to the community in regards to the Tsikaristisere Dundee Land Claim. I believe that it is more than just a referendum, or a settlement – but a testament to our resilience as a community and a chance to foster historical positive change. Additionally I see this as an opportunity to educate the community and our future generations to our continued story as a people.
Theresa Benedict She:kon Sewakewkon. My name is Theresa Kaheratonkwas Benedict. My parents are Daniel and Maureen Benedict; my grandparents are Ernest and Florence Benedict and Charles and Agnes Lazore. I am a recent graduate of Trent University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Indigenous Studies and a Minor in Political Studies.
I have always been optimistic of our community's future while working on both the 2016 Canadian Census and working with the Mohawk Council as a summer student. I am optimistic regarding this referendum outcome; as my predecessors had a role in negotiating and fighting for this settlement. Everyone has a connection to this settlement claim and it is my goal that we acknowledge and express these connections in order to best represent the voice of the community.
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