New Walking Trail Opens In Akwesasne's Tsi Snaihne District
Kentenhko:wa/November 21, 2016
TERRITORY OF AKWESASNE – The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is excited to announce the Grand Opening of the Tsi Snaihne Trails Project as part of the AKTIV Akwesasne healthy living campaign! The project development began on September 6, 2016, and over the past two months an Akwesasronon workforce has brought this project to a reality. The new walking trail is conveniently located behind the Snye Recreation Centre, which was identified as an ideal location within the district.
In 2014, the Department of Tehotiiennawakon began working on a community plan to implement a healthier community initiative through eco-tourism and trails development for all three districts and Thompson Island. There were some unforeseen circumstances at that time with funding restrictions and Block 1 land claims on Kawehno:ke which prevented the implementation of a trails system that was proposed within all districts. However, through working with Council and community, the Department of Tehotiiennawakon focused on Tsi Snaihne to assist with the recreational needs within that district. A clearly identified need to increase physical activity, create jobs and encourage the development of eco-tourism businesses was the force behind this initiative.
Over the past two years, the Department of Tehotiiennawakon worked with Mode Maps, Inc to develop conceptual drawings; realistic drawings and also drawings on a grander scale to identify the possibilities of the trail. This includes the potential of a paddling launch area with dock, signage, a bike park, gardens as well as connecting trails to the Tsi Snaihne School. With the assistance of the consultant, staff were able to break down the trails into phases and a costing strategy which has now turned this pilot project into a community initiative: AKTIV Akwesasne.
The Tsi Snaihne Trails Pilot Project has become a true community economic development initiative with all of the partnerships that were developed to improve the quality of life for all Akwesasronon.
“When thinking about this project, the two words that come to mind are Tehotiiennawakon, meaning ‘We all work together’ and Onkwe’ta:ke, meaning ‘For the people,” said Project Lead Tracy Sunday-Cook, using the names of an MCA department and the MCA newsletter.
The Akwesasne Area Management Board was a major partner in the trail initiative and helped celebrate its opening. The AAMB and MCA’s Department of Community and Social Services Community Support Program worked hand in hand to support laborers for the project.
“"This project helped us put our clients to work," said AAMB Manager Russell Roundpoint. "We're proud to work together for a project that enhances the Akwesasne community and gives our clients solid on-the-job experience."
Dan Bruyere, CSP Manager, added, “The CSP-DCSS was very proud to support this initiative with our own compliment of clients and funding support and through the partnership with the AAMB.’
With special thanks, we would like to identify and extend our greatest gratitude to the following individuals, programs, departments and organizations, because without the effort from them this project would not have been a reality today:
Chad & Ron Garrow
Richard Tohnetohko Sunday
Dave “Banuck” Sunday and Family
Eric & Linda S. Sunday
Robert “Maday” Sunday
George Jacobs – Crew Supervisor
Akwesasne Area Management Board
Akwesasne Child and Family Services
Chief Troy Thompson and Chief April Adams-Phillips
MCA Community Health
MCA Community Support Program
MCA Department of Housing
MCA Department of Technical Services
MCA Economic Development – Department of Tehotiiennawakon
MCA Environment Program – Department of Tehotiiennawakon
MCA Emergency Measures
MCA Akwesasne Family Wellness Program
MCA Mohawk Government
Tsi Snaihne Recreation Committee
For more information please contact:
Shannon Roundpoint, Communications Manager
613-575-2250 Ext. 2210
Tracy Sunday-Cook, Trail Project Lead
613-575-2250 Ext. 1056