The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) and the Six Nations of the Grand River (SNGR) have signed a Mutual Cooperation Agreement on Gaming.
This agreement sees both sides committing to a mutual commitment, to defend the indigenous jurisdiction over gaming and any possible socioeconomic benefits that both communities may derive therein.
In addition, it sees both communities working collaboratively on anything legal, political, or relating to public relations that defend each jurisdiction, as well as their mutual interests in the gaming industry.
This agreement is to be extended to any other indigenous communities across Turtle Island, to form a collaboration that will see the development of a national body of Indigenous gaming regulators.
“We are pleased to revitalise relations and strengthen our alliance with our brothers and sisters,” said Ohén:ton Í:iente ne Ratitsénhaienhs Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer.
“Renewal of this long-standing relationship founded on nationhood is the first step needed to strengthen our joint efforts in defending our interests, and maintaining a stronghold in the gaming industry and other key areas we identify in the future.”
“Today’s agreement signifies an important milestone as our communities come together to address our collective concerns,” commented Chief Mark Hill. “This type of partnership is the first step in demonstrating the possibilities of what we can achieve as Iroquois communities if we work together. We are much stronger not as individuals, but as a collective, and these relationships will strengthen us as we assert our rights and jurisdiction within the gaming industry and beyond.”
There has been much frustration felt by both communities with regard to the recent changes to Canada’s Criminal Code, which they feel encouraged the shutting out of First Nations by ignoring relevant interests of indigenous people in the gaming industry.
The signing of the agreement took place at the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke and is effective immediately.
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