Akwesasne Residency Law In Effect; Non-Members Must Apply For Residency Permit


The community of Akwesasne passed an Akwesasne Residency Law in 1997. The Akwesasne Residency Law governs non-members who wish to reside at Akwesasne. Under certain conditions, the community may extend the privilege of temporary residency to non-members as per the Akwesasne Residency Law.


Any non-member who wishes to reside on the Territory of Akwesasne must submit a completed application form for a Residency Permit to the Membership Clerk.


  • Any non-member found to be on the Territory of Akwesasne in violation of the law will be charged with trespass.
  • Violations of this law are returnable to the Akwesasne Mohawk Court.
  • Anyone found guilty under the Akwesasne Residency Law may be subject to a fine up to $5,000.

For copies of the Akwesasne Residency Law, please contact the Akwesasne Justice Department.


This does not affect anyone who has an existing Residency Permit or residency under a Lease Agreement or an Occupancy Licence (License).  



If you have any questions, please contact:

Akwesasne Justice Department

Angus Mitchell Memorial Building

Kana:takon (St. Regis)

Phone: 613-575-2250 Ext. 2400

General email inquiries: info@akwesasne.ca