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STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING AND MUTUAL RESPECT

Kahnawake and Québec recognizing the importance of cooperative endeavours wish to develop a constructive relationship on the basis of their respective principles and concepts found in the Two Row Wampum and the document entitled Partnership, Development, Achievement. They therefore agree to the following declaration of reciprocal political commitment.

Kahnawake and Québec, as represented by the undersigned, favor the route of discussion and negotiation for concluding and signing agreements that will be negotiated in various fields of jurisdiction.

With a strong sense of their respective culture, language, custom, laws and traditions, Kahnawake and Québec agree to negotiate with mutual respect for their national identities and each other's history and territorial occupation.

Kahnawake and Québec further agree to participate as partners in some of Kahnawake's economic development ventures. Québec also agrees to develop financial and fiscal arrangements that would provide for Kahnawake's long term economic stability.

To accelerate the negotiation process and bring it to a rapid conclusion, Québec and Kahnawake each have already appointed a special negotiator with a view to the rapid conclusion of a framework agreement and specific agreements in the various fields of mutual interest.

Nothing in this declaration prevents Kahnawake from continuing to exercise its prerogatives to conclude agreements with any other government, in the application of its jurisdiction through its legal institutions, and in accordance with its priorities.

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Joe Tokwiro Norton
Grand Chief of the
Mohawk Council
of Kahnawake
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Guy Chevrette
Minister responsible for
Aboriginal Affairs
Gouvernement du Québec

Signature gouvernementale
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