Towards the creation of a Mohawk police service in Kanesatake
KANESATAKE, QC, June 16, 2021 / CNW Telbec / – The Mohawk Council of Kanesatake wishes to issue the following declaration after of Quebec openness towards the creation of a Mohawk community police service in Kanesatake.
The Mohawk Council of Kanesatake is both satisfied and surprised at of Quebec The recent open demonstrations by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Public Security in the media to actively work on a tripartite agreement with Kanesatake and the federal government to restore our Mohawk community policing service.
Kanesatake has actively made policing one of its priorities for the past 16 years, as such we welcome the establishment of a formal negotiating table. The much needed movement on this very important issue is essential to ensure a secure and prosperous future for everyone in our community.
Remind governments of their responsibilities to peace and security
The following human rights frameworks give our societies a moral obligation and a duty to protect the most vulnerable so that they can live in a safe and healthy environment.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that:
Article 7 – Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person Article 15 – Everyone is equal before and before the law and has the right to the same protection and to the same benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion , gender, age or mental or physical disability.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states that:
Article 7.1 – Indigenous people have the right to life, physical and mental integrity, liberty and security of the person.
Article 7.2 – Indigenous peoples have the collective right to live in freedom, peace and security as distinct peoples and must not be subjected to any act of genocide or any other act of violence, including the forced displacement of children from group to another group.
Article 21.1 – Indigenous peoples have the right, without discrimination, to the improvement of their economic and social conditions, including, inter alia, in the fields of education, employment, vocational training and retraining, housing , sanitation, health and social security.
Article 22.2 – States take effective measures and, where appropriate, special measures to ensure a continuous improvement of their economic and social conditions. Particular attention should be paid to the rights and special needs of indigenous elders, women, youth, children and people with disabilities.
The American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states that:
Article 30.1 -. Indigenous peoples have the right to peace and security.
Item 30.2 -. Indigenous peoples have the right to recognition and respect for their institutions for the maintenance of their organization and control of their communities and peoples.
Article 30.3 -. Indigenous peoples have the right to protection and security in situations or periods of internal or international armed conflict in accordance with international humanitarian law.
The AFNQL’s Declaration of the Rights of First Nations Children (2015) stipulates this:
Article 16 – Our children and families, and the Nations and communities that serve them, have the right to adequately funded institutions and services controlled by the community and the Nation, including those that provide health care, education , recreation and social services.
Governments have a constitutional and fiduciary obligation to provide First Nations communities with the necessary tools so that they can adequately protect their children, elders and members. Every day that Canada and Quebec fail to fulfill these duties and responsibilities towards our members, they expose themselves to possible future legal responsibilities.
Another type of police service considered for Kanesatake
The Mohawk Council of Kanesatake For 16 years, it has tried to re-establish its police services, keeping the mistakes of the past in mind so that they do not happen again. The only consistency on the part of governments has been the resistance to funding such a vital and fundamental service to our members that the current board has faced repeatedly over the past 10 years.
The Mohawk Council of Kanesatake submitted a proposal (see attached) detailing the differences between the last police service and this new one in order to alleviate any concerns about political interference as well as the management and day-to-day operations of such a service.
The community was consulted on separate occasions (2009 and 2019) regarding police services, both consultations were in favor of re-establishing a Mohawk community police service, they were also adamant that the Sûreté du Québec ( SQ) is grossly inadequate in addressing member safety concerns.
It is a fact that a Mohawk community police service will not have to navigate the same jurisdictional and political minefields that the SQ has in each of its interventions. Our future service will thus be more focused on prevention, agile, more efficient, proactive and will intervene in a much wider spectrum of situations.
A Mohawk community policing service will be able to effectively enforce laws that the community accepts and ratifies, help protect our elders, children, tackle environmental offenses, keep economic developments safe, d ” prevent land grabbing, protect our heritage and much more. What the SQ cannot or does not want to do.
Next Step – Urge Governments to Set Up a Table
The Mohawk Council of Kanesatake proactively designates a team to sit down at the negotiating table and is available to start working quickly on this monumental issue. The time has come and our call to action is now to show our solidarity for basic security in our inherent unceded territory.
In a spirit of peace, mutual understanding and friendship
Grand Chef Serge Otsi Simon
SOURCE Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador
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