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Québec Government Congratulates Kanesatake's New Grand Chief and Band Council

Québec, June 26, 2005 - Minister of Public Security Jacques P. Dupuis and Minister for Native Affairs Geoffrey Kelley extended their congratulations to the newly elected Grand Chief of the Mohawk community of Kanesatake, Steven Bonspille, and to the six chiefs of the Band Council.

"I am pleased that the electoral process ran smoothly," said Dupuis. "La Sûreté du Québec did an excellent work, and thanks to the democratic spirit shown by all the candidates, ballots were cast without incident."

Through an electoral process chosen by the community and supervised by independent observers, Kanesatake has elected a new Grand Chief and Band Council. Dupuis and Kelley cited the work accomplished by independent observers and by Ghislain Picard, Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, as key to the smooth running of the process.

As well, Dupuis and Kelley thanked outgoing Grand Chief James Gabriel and defeated candidates for their sense of responsibility and their involvement in the community.

Said Kelley, "The Quebec government is eager to work together with the Mohawks of Kanesatake on issues of concern to the community, especially those affecting the youth."

Dupuis and Kelley called on the members of the new Band Council and all partners, notably government colleagues in Quebec and Ottawa, to work together on improving social and economic development of the community.

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Online as of : June 27, 2005