A sharp gunshot noise in the middle of the night caused worry in Kanesatake last Saturday, September 25.
When the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake (MCK) initially advised the community of the incident that occurred around 2 a.m., it was believed that a “firearm projectile” had passed through the vehicle of a motorist driving along Highway 344.
On Saturday afternoon, the MCK cautioned community members that an investigation by the Surete du Quebec (SQ) would be taking place.
“A person was driving a truck on Highway 344 when his window was smashed,” explained SQ agent Marc Tessier. “We are doing a complete investigation to know exactly what occurred, but right now, everything indicates that it was a pellet gun.”
While there was confirmation that no firearm was implicated in the incident, elected member of council Teiawenniserate Tomlinson expressed that this matter, like all others regarding public safety, will be addressed by the Council.
“This is something our council is looking intensively at with the community – not over and above it,” said Tomlinson. “We’re working with community members on the ground to try and address any security issues we may have in Kanesatake.”
Although the previous administration in office was adamant about reinstating a local police force, the council elected in August has been vocal about their desire to explore different options alongside Kanehsata’kehró:non.
“Sometimes, when we look at the bigger picture, we can realize that it’s not necessarily policing that will bring back security for us,” said the elected member. “We sometimes have to look at different issues like the social and economic development ones – we need to look at the situation as a whole to try to find solutions that are communal and that engage the people.”
It’s with a duty to involve the community as a whole that Tomlinson reiterated MCK’s commitment to ensure public safety is an issue being prioritized.
Laurence Brisson Dubreuil, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eastern Door