The Kahnawake lot holders upon whose land Kanawaki Golf Club sits – including the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake -- will find out within the next three-to-four weeks how much increased rent they’ll see in the negotiation of the new lease, said Mohawk Council of Kahnawake Chief Cody Diabo.
“Some of that land is community land, so in effect, the MCK is also a lot holder, so we are an interested party, but we are not handling negotiations,” Diabo said.
The new lease will be a 25-year lease, Diabo said – a touch shorter than the previous 150-year lease – and it’s likely the lot holders will see a fairly sizeable increase in their rent, but nothing can be confirmed until the new lease is signed.
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is handling negotiations with the golf club, Diabo said, on behalf of the lot owners.
“It’s a lot of people that are involved, and there are a lot of moving parts,” Diabo said. “It’s pretty tough to get that many people to agree on anything, so there is some time needed to come to an agreement.”
A second meeting with lot owners was held last week, as a follow-up to a September 28 meeting that ended up being unavailable via teleconference, leaving Indigenous Services Canada no choice but to schedule a follow-up meeting last week.
An MCK missive to the community last week said ‘the community was previously made aware this will be the final extension of the lease. ISC and the mandated representatives of the MCK have negotiated an agreement in principle on the lease renewal and in regard to the lease amount. The next step in this process is a consultation with the lot holders before formally accepting or rejecting the proposed rent.’
Anyone interested parties that would like to weigh in on negotiations can do so by contacting ISC representative. Stephane Viale, by phone at (418) 446-8776 during regular working hours at, by email at Stephane.firstname.lastname@example.org in order to obtain information or voice any concerns in regards to the proposed agreement in principle.
The deadline for concerns or comments about the agreement in principle has been extended to October 22. Following this consultation period, if the negotiated amount is not acceptable, the rental amount will have to be decided via arbitration, which would take the decision-making power out of the hands of ISC. The matter would then be settled via independent arbitration.
That being said, once arbitration is triggered there is no guarantee that ISC will be able to obtain a rental amount equal to or greater than the negotiated lease amount. The final decision would be in the hands of the independent arbitrators.
Marc Lalonde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Iori:wase