My name is Brandon Montour. I am currently in my second year at McGill University Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Great Distinction from Concordia University. Within the community, I am Treasurer for the Board of Directors of Kahnawake Shakotiia’takehnhas Community Services. At McGill, I am the Co-President of the Indigenous Law Association and Executive Editor of Rooted, an academic publication on Indigenous law. My professional experience includes working at Justice Services at the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, McCarthy Tétrault in Toronto and more.
I was motivated to join the Kahnawake Cannabis Control Board to have a voice when it comes to regulating cannabis for the safety and benefit of my community. As a board, our priority is to ensure that cannabis is safely regulated while taking into account the diverse viewpoints in the community. I am confident that my past experience and ongoing studies have provided me with the necessary knowledge and tools to ensure that these priorities are met.
David A. Diabo
David A. Diabo is a Kanien’kehá:ka Mohawk from the community of Kahnawake, and is a specialist in First Nations Occupational Health, Safety and Emergency Management.
Graduating from Cape Breton University with a Bachelor of Technology in Emergency Management, Mr. Diabo has been working as the Special Advisor for Emergency Services to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) since 2011. During this time he also completed a three (3) year Work Interchange to then Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) where he managed the Non-Structural Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness Program before returning to the AFN to resume his former duties at the AFN in August of 2017.
AFN Emergency Services co-lead the Inventory of Emergency Management Capabilities in Indigenous Communities with Public Safety Canada, and is currently co-leading the Steering Community on First Nations Home Flood Insurance Needs project with Indigenous Services Canada.
My name is Tara Jacobs. I am 47 years old and have been employed with the Kahnawake Peacekeepers for 23 years. In my role with the Peacekeepers, I have seen the daily struggles in the community with cannabis. As such, I feel that I have the knowledge and experience in cannabis to assist the Kahnawake Cannabis Control Board (KCCB) in making the right decisions with regards to the cannabis industry. I wanted to become a member of the KCCB to have the cannabis industry regulated and not have an influx of dispensaries within the community, and to ensure that cannabis is safe for consumption.
My name is Tewenhnitatshon Delisle. I have been involved in community education and sports for over 50 years. I have worked in different schools as a teacher, curriculum co-ordinator and administrator. Presently, I am teaching Kanien’keha at the Kahnawake Survival School. I also coached both Lacrosse and hockey to our youth for over 50 years. I currently work with the KSS field lacrosse team. I was interested in working as a member of the KCCB because this industry needs to be regulated and closely supervised so that our community can reap economic benefits but maintain strict controls so that there will not be any negative results related to this industry affecting our community.