The Kahnawake Legislative Coordinating Commission is looking for two candidates to sit on the committee and be the voice of the people for the KLCC and the Community Decision Making Process (CDMP) as it continues its work of consulting the community on policy, laws and community needs, said the KLCC coordinator in charge of collecting candidacies.
“Those people will be the voice of the community and help to oversee the community decision-making process in legislation and ensuring that people’s voices are heard,” said KLCC Coordinator Leslie Skye. Skye handles the candidacies and said there has been “a good response” thus far, but are hoping to gather a critical mass of candidacies from which to choose.
“Usually, we don’t have to canvas for two community representatives at once,” Skye said – but much like nothing has gone according to plan in 2021, the KLCC is looking for two community reps. To ensure only one rep must be selected at any one time in the future, the reps will sit for either a three-year or a two-year term.
The community representative role was only added to the KLCC in 2011, Skye said, and since then, the commission expanded the role to two representatives. Reps must attend a monthly meeting and are paid a stipend by the KLCC.
“We expanded it to two to ensure we always had quorum,” she said.
In addition, Skye added, the KLCC is also in search of a youth representative.
“A candidate must be between the ages of 18 and 25 in order to satisfy the youth criteria for that role,” she said, adding the community and the KLCC have been blessed to have some great youth reps who simply aged out of the role.
“It would be really, really great to get another good youth representative,” Skye added.
“There’s also a half-day training that new members must attend,” in order to get up to speed on the process and the issues involved.
Eligible candidates must be at least 18 years of age and and be registered on the Kahnawà:ke Kanien’kehá:ka Registry. Requirements for the position include attending KLCC and Community Decision Making Process meetings.
For more information, please contact Leslie Skye at 450-632-7500.
Marc Lalonde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Iori:wase