APTN National News
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake expressed serious concerns at the Quebec National Assembly this week.
Grand Chief Joe Norton said Quebec is not taking Mohawk sovereignty into account when it comes to Bill 85, a law that proposes to fast track economic development along Hwy. 30, which bypasses the south shore of Montreal.
“It starts off this is not your land. It does not belong to you and what you are doing is illegal. It belongs to the Mohawk of Kahnawake,” said Norton.
Norton said Quebec needs to deal with them and they haven’t.
“Nobody never invited us or anything. The only way we got involved is because we demanded to be here,” he said.
Nearly 700 acres of land was promised to Kahnawake because of Hwy. 30 construction in 2008.
But that hasn’t completely happened.
“Currently there is still 200 acres of land that have yet to be identified and that is a further concern with Bill 85 because if the land continues to be developed there is not going to be much land left to return to Kahnawake in the future,” said Francis Walsh, legal counsel for the Mohawk of Kahnawake.
Norton said the fight against Bill 85 continues but is hoping the province won’t proceed until Kahnawake is properly consulted.