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Message to the Community Regarding Indian Act Elections, Custom Election Code and First Nation Elections Act (FNEA) Posted on March 09, 2018

The Tyendinaga Mohawk Council (TMC) would like to take this opportunity to inform the members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte that since 2016, the TMC and the MBQ Administration, have been gathering information regarding the First Nations Elections Act (FNEA).  The purpose behind gathering this information over the last few years is to evaluate the differences between Band Elections under the Indian Act (IA) versus Band Elections under the FNEA, and what benefits there would be to either remaining under the Indian Act, moving to a community election system (custom election code), or potentially opting in to the FNEA.  
The most recent discussion regarding the FNEA occurred on December 4, 2017 and the following motion was made:  Motion #20 “to approve to adopt the First Nations Election Act regulations for the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in 2019.”  The discussion and intent surrounding this motion was to ensure that the conversation regarding moving to a custom election code, or opting into the FNEA, would continue after the December 2017 Election once the newly elected council was sworn in.  In order to ensure that the appropriate community consultation takes place, there was only a motion of council and no Mohawk Council Resolution to opt in. 
We would like to assure the members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte that the Tyendinaga Mohawk Council has not moved to a custom election code or opted into the FNEA but look forward to engaging our membership through community information sessions, and other means to hear the views of our members.
If you would like any further information regarding elections under the Indian Act, moving to a custom election code, or the First Nations Election Act (FNEA) please see the following link.

HBD North Pumping Station Upgrades Posted on February 26, 2018

Upgrades being completed at the Huron Brant Drive North Sanitary Pumping Station, as part of the Clean Water and Wastewater Funding (CWWF) program, to improve the overall function of the pumping station.  CWWF Funding’s comprised of contributions from MBQ and both the Federal and Provincial government.

Update regarding the operation of Marijuana Dispensaries Posted on February 14, 2018

The Tyendinaga Mohawk Council has received a number of enquiries from members regarding the legalization of cannabis for recreational use and the operation of marijuana dispensaries on the Territory and Council’s plan to engage the community.  

Talks between First Nations and the Federal and Provincial Governments are taking place at the regional and national level and, we are currently awaiting more information regarding the outcome of the discussions between the Chiefs of Ontario, and the AFN with the federal and provincial governments.  Once we have been provided with up to date information regarding the outcome of those discussions, we will be able to begin engaging the community on this highly sensitive issue.  At that time, we will be able to provide the most current information we have received to all members, and we are hoping this will take place in next few months.

Moving forward, MBQ will share any information that we receive from the Chief’s of Ontario, A.I.A.I., the AFN, and Federal and Provincial governments regarding the Legalization of Cannabis for recreational use and the operation of dispensaries on reserve, via MBQ’s website and Social Media.

Statement regarding the Marijuana Dispensary survey Posted on January 31, 2018

Flooding, Sandbags Posted on September 11, 2017


Please be advised that Environment Canada has issued alerts regarding significant rainfall and the potential for flooding this week and weekend. The Bay of Quinte is significantly higher than normal and is projected to rise an additional 20 cm by June. Properties along the Bay are the most vulnerable for erosion and damage from storm surge.

We are monitoring the potential for flooding and have sand bags available for distribution if required. Please contact Todd Kring in Community Infrastructure (613)396-3424 ext. 134 after hours 613-961-9478 if you require sand bags. Note: we will make arrangements for the delivery of sand however homeowners are responsible for filling the bags and placement on the property.

Statement from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Council re: Marijuana Dispensaries Posted on July 07, 2017

Statement with Q & A's 

Notice regarding the Lacrosse Box at Karonhiakta'kie Sports Complex Posted on June 29, 2017

It has come to Chief and Council’s attention through Facebook that a number of disputes have arisen over the scheduled use of the Lacrosse Box.  

To prevent conflicts regarding the use of the Lacrosse Box, MBQ Administration has physically posted the scheduled times that the facility has been booked and/or rented by individuals or groups for a specific block of time.  We have also been informed by administration staff that the posted schedules have been removed from the site after being posted. 

In order to prevent any further confusion, including the arbitrary removal of the posted schedule, and/or dispute between individuals or groups that have booked the facility and paid for the block of time they are scheduled for, we will now be posting the schedule for the Lacrosse Box on MBQ’s website and on Facebook.

If you wish to book a time to use the Lacrosse Box Please contact Cassie Thompson during regular business hours at (613) 967-0122 to have your activity start and end times posted so there is no confusion regarding your scheduled time.  In addition, if you arrive at the Lacrosse box for your scheduled time and there is a conflict in the posted schedule please contact Cassie Thompson via cell phone at (613) 827-8250 to resolve the issue.

The Tyendinaga Mohawk Council and Administration would like to thank everyone in advance for their co-operation in this matter. 

Don't miss the start of Ontario's low-income energy rebate program Posted on December 14, 2015

Roughly 500,000 homes eligible for new electricity credit, only 34,000 applications submitted

CBC News Posted: Dec 09, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 09, 2015 7:02 AM ET

Only about seven per cent of those eligible for Ontario's incoming electricity rebate for low-income households have applied for the program, which replaces a blanket provincewide credit on Jan. 1. (Philippe Morin/CBC)Only about seven per cent of those eligible for Ontario's incoming electricity rebate for low-income households have applied for the program, which replaces a blanket provincewide credit on Jan. 1.
Only about seven per cent of those eligible for Ontario's incoming electricity rebate for low-income households have applied for the program, which replaces a blanket provincewide credit on Jan. 1. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

The lights go out on Ontario's provincewide energy rebate Dec. 31 — and fewer than seven per cent of the eligible low-income households have applied for the discount program intended to replace it, CBC News has learned.

About 500,000 homes qualify for the incoming Ontario Electricity Support Program, all of which could see a monthly credit of between $30 and $75 depending on the size of the family and the household income, according to figures from the Ministry of Energy.

Homes that rely on electric heat or where someone uses power for a medical device would also see a larger rebate.

Families of seven, for example, making between $48,000 to $52,000 a year could qualify for a $540 annual credit if they use electric heat. A family in the same situation making less than $28,000, would get back $900 under the program.

The cost of a customer's previous electricity bills is not part of the qualifying criteria, an Energy Ministry spokeswoman said.

Expect 6 to 8 weeks for processing

The province started accepting applications for the new rebate in early November. But as of Dec. 1 only about 34,000 forms have come in, Jordan Owens said in an email.

It takes roughly six to eight weeks to process an application, Owens said. That means that those who have waited to apply could miss out on the first month — or more — of the rebate.

For those relying on electric heat, January and February are among the most expensive months of the year.

The benefit will not be retroactive, Owens told CBC News

"Most people receive their January bills in February, and the OEB will be making their best efforts to ensure that as many eligible people as possible receive the benefit in a timely fashion," she said.

Most homes to see higher bills

The province has enlisted social service groups and constituency offices to help those wanting to file applications. Owens said the board has also advertised the rebate on public transit and other billboards.

Meanwhile, energy customers with an annual household income of more than $52,000 will see their power bills rise following Jan. 1.

The outgoing clean energy benefit saved households an average of $17 a month, the Canadian Press reported in March. It knocked off 10 per cent of every residential power bill.

The silver lining? The cost of paying off the old nuclear programs will no longer be added to power bills, saving consumers about $5.60 a month, according to the Canadian Press.

Gas Tax-Exemption Cards Posted on January 14, 2014

We have been notified that there is some concern regarding the Gas Tax Exemption cards issued through the Ministry of Finance.

Do not worry, these are ONLY those cards that do NOT have the newer 14 digit number on them (and expiry date). The cards that have been issued since approximately 2006 are fine, as they are the most recent version of the cards with the 14 digit number as opposed to the former 12 digits and expiry dates on them (please check your card). The following is information from the Ministry of Finance website, including the two latest bulletins and the fillable form to apply.

Did you know that as a First Nations individual you may not have to pay tax on gasoline?

In Ontario, there is a tax of 14.7 cents per litre on gasoline. First Nations individuals do not have to pay this tax if they buy gasoline:

  • for their own use,
  • from a ministry authorized gasoline retailer on a reserve and
  • use their gas card.

Who can apply for the exemption?

  • First Nations individuals who have a Certificate of Indian Status (CIS) card (status card) issued by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). 
  • First Nations bands are also eligible.

How do I apply?

To obtain a gas card, you will need to complete an Application for Certificate of Exemption for First Nations Individuals [PDF - 314 KB] form. Alternatively, you may also mail or fax a written request to the address below, along with:

  1. Make a clear photocopy of your INAC status card.
    (Photocopy the front and the back of your card.)
  2. Print your name, full mailing address and telephone number on the photocopy.
  3. Give a reason why you are applying for a gas card. For example:
    • first time applying,
    • card was damaged,
    • card was lost, or
    • your name was changed on the band list.
  4. Sign your name at the bottom of the photocopy.
  5. When applying on behalf of a First Nations Band, please include the following information:
    • Band Name
    • List of eligible First Nations drivers
    • List of Band owned vehicles by make, model and license plate number

Mail your information to the address below:

Ministry of Finance
Motor Fuels and Tobacco Tax
33 King Street West
PO Box 625
Oshawa ON  L1H 8H9


Or fax your information to 905 433-5680.

The following are the two most recent change bulletins on the cards and the form to complete if you should need.

Bulletin GT 2 - 2001

Bulletin GT 3 - 2011

Gas Tax Exempt Card application form

Final Report from Intrinsik on correlation of Environment on ALL Posted on November 20, 2013

Report Summary
Full Report

Via Rail Passenger Service Voucher Program Posted on August 23, 2013

Link to Documents, Reports and Forms

Contractors Pre-Qualified to bid on Construction of new Administration Building Posted on April 10, 2013

Secure Certificate Status Card applications online Posted on March 04, 2013

If you have a BLACK AND WHITE secure card, you can now mail your application for renewal. Please follow the link provided to print your application.

Secure Certificate of Indian Status Application forms

**NEW** Community Board!! Posted on July 25, 2012

Do you have an event that you would like on the Community Calendar?

Great!! Just go to the "Our Community" tab at the top of the main page and click on Community Board.

Complete the form and send it! We will get your event on the Calendar, simple as that!

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bev Hill LaRue at Nation Building, or 613-967-3616.

Bill 186: An Act to Amend the Tobacco Tax Act Posted on May 24, 2011

Bill 186: An Act to Amend the Tobacco Tax Act passed first reading in the Ontario legislature on April 21, 2011.  Bill 186 is also known as the Supporting Smoke-Free Ontario by Reducing Contraband Tobacco Act, 2011. The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs is considering the Bill and are due to report to the House by May 31, 2011.

For information on Bill 186, Click Here.

For the Tobacco Tax Act of Ontario, Click Here.

Bill C-3 Gender Equity Act information Posted on May 16, 2011

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) faxed out a letter to all First Nations Communities.  The letter provides some information about Bill C-3 and the registration process.  Click Here to read the letter.

Click here to see some quick facts about Bill C-3 Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act.

For more information about the Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act, please visit the INAC website.