The ancestral lands of the Mohawk extend in all directions throughout the Province of Québec and the States of New York and Vermont. While much could be said about Mohawk Nation land, about MCK’s efforts to achieve legal standing in the Mohawk Nation 1796 Claim, or about the successful efforts of Kahnawa’kehró:non to regain and resettle territory in New York State, the following summary deals specifically with Kahnawà:ke territory.
The evolving story of lands in Kahnawà:ke would indeed be one of loss (1716-1880) and loss of control (1790s-recently). The history of Kahnawà:ke is very complex. It is challenging to fully understand that history without weaving together the impacts of colonial wars, federal and provincial legislation, the socio-cultural history of Québec, the effects of harvesting of forests and quarries, the development of the national railways network and the economic development of Canada. All of these foregoing factors were strains on our community throughout its history.