Mohawk Council of Kanesatake elects new Grand Chief for first time in 10 years

MONTREAL — Kanesatake Council Chief Victor Bonspille was elected Grand Chief of the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) community, west of Montreal.

The election was held on Saturday, more than a month after being delayed due to COVID-19.

Bonspille defeated Serge Otsi Simon who withheld the title for 10 years, with official numbers indicating 368 votes against 283.

Simon was first elected as Grand Chief in 2011.

Fourteen candidates were also running for a position on the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake.

Amy Beauvais, Jeremy Teiawenniserahte Tomlinson, Denise David, John Canatonquin, Brant Etienne and Valerie Bonspille were elected as the new Chiefs of the Mohawk council.

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