Citizenship 2018-05-08T14:02:39+00:00

Citizenship Meetings

Citizenship Information

As part of our ongoing commitment to the citizenship code review we are including as much information on this page as possible. Membership issues have been ongoing for many years and the code itself does not address how the future of the Wahta Mohawk membership will be sustained.

Many First Nations are facing similar questions as to how they would most like to identify as Wahta citizens. Below are some resources to help with understanding our code and the challenges it brings. Currently membership is determined by Wahta Mohawks as per the registrar and status is determined by Aboriginal Affairs.

Download Current Citizenship Code

Download current Wahta Mohawks Membership Application

If you need specific information on membership enrollment please contact karen.sahanatien@wahtamohawks.ca

Citizenship Code Legal Review

In June 2017 Chief and Council sought the legal advice of Attorney Alisa Lombard to review our current citizenship code.  This was announced at the May 23, 2017 public council meeting. There is no doubt the intent at the time was to preserve our heritage, however it is has become obvious that the code now faces many constitutional and discriminatory challenges.

Over time we will be holding information sessions about how the code can be made stronger and how things such as blood quantum currently affect our community. These sessions may include working groups, committees or anyone that has an interest in how the code applies to the next seven generations.

To start please download the full legal review and the summary below:

Citizenship Legal Opinion – Summary for the Community

Full Opinion re. Citizenship Code

Citizenship Presentations

Chief and Council has  contracted Three Bears Consulting to review the current membership code and develop a plan that includes community consultation, research, public meetings and education. Her team will work in conjunction with Kevin Deer and Ed Conners to develop a peaceful community plan that includes the voices of all members that wish to participate. You can read more on the Community Unity process here at www.wahtamohawks.com/community-unity.

Download February 2017 Conference Summary

Below is a copy of the Three Bears Consulting Summary and the Community Engagement and Citizenship Code Development Proposal.

Three Bears Consulting Summary

Official Wahta Proposal Three Bears Consulting

Three Bears Consulting also held some community engagement sessions. These sessions below are being presented to Wahta Members to provide some context and background information on the various issues that may help form questions and answers that can help guide the citizenship review process here at Wahta.

Indigenous Citizenship, Membership and Identity

Getting to the Roots of Indigenous Citizenship, Membership and Identity
Presented by Carleton University Assistant Professor Dr.Kahente Horn-Miller (Mohawk, Bear Clan).
Held October 22nd

Download Video Slides “Getting to the Roots of Indigenous Citizenship, Membership and Identity”

Part 1 (First 20 seconds inaudible)

Part 2

Part 3

Indian Act Identity

The Indian Act and Identity; the law’s construction of Indigenous Identity Presented by Alisa Lombard, Miqmaq constitutional lawyer. Presented by Alisa Lombard, Miqmaq constitutional lawyer. Held October 23rd

Download “The Indian Act and Identity; the law’s construction of Indigenous Identity”

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