Kanesatake Mohawks statement re: Marijuana Police Raid

    KANESATAKE, QC, May 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Mohawk Council of Kanesatake
has issued comments in the aftermath of the raid that took place yesterday in
our community.
    "Yesterday's police operation is one that was an important step in
addressing a very real problem facing First Nation communities across the
country," said Grand Chief Sohenri:se Nicholas. "Illegal drugs and organized
crime have no place in our communities."
    However, the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake has some concerns regarding the
raid and the way it was carried out. There were several reports by community
members of unnecessary force being used; in one specific case, police officers
boarded a school bus, causing fear and panic amongst the young children.
    As well, the operation was aimed only at the marijuana grow-ops.
    "We are disappointed that the police didn't take action against those
selling harder drugs in the community," Chief Nicholas said. "This is
something that still needs to be addressed."
    The Mohawk Council of Kanesatake is working with the community to find a
long term solutions for public safety.
    "As a community, it's time that we take responsibility for our affairs,"
Chief Nicholas continued. "We are hard at work rebuilding our institutions."

For further information:

For further information: Chief Sohenri:se Nicholas, Mohawk Council of
Kanesatake, Cell: (514) 241-8392, (450) 479-8373

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