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Ànowaràkowa Arena Grand Reopening


Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Representatives along with Canada 150 Representatives gather for the official ribbon cutting. (L to R) Joe Francis, Nola Benedict, Canada 150 Rep, District Chief Darryl Lazore, District Chief Tim Thompson, Director Jim Ransom, Canada 150 Rep, and Kahnastatsi Jacobs.

The Grand Reopening of the Ànowaràkowa Arena took place on May 9th, at 12 pm. After the arena suffered major damage caused by a fire, the entire facility was shut down and all operations came to stop. Although the fire only happened in one of the dressing rooms, it affected the entire facility and the community of Akwesasne. The arena is not just a place for hockey games and lacrosse games, many members of Akwesasne utilize the arena for celebrations, festivals, expo's, powwows, shows and meetings to name a few. So when the fire occurred, the entire community felt it in one way or another.

The Department of Tehotiiennawakon, along with many contractors and businesses were able to renovate the Arena as good as new in less than 4 months. The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne was able to secure a Canada 150 Grant, Quebec Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones Aboriginal Initiatives Fund II and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. which contributed to the Arena's renovations and upgrades. The Arena has been updated and renovated, to suit the community's needs in more ways then one. One great example is the soundproofing of the Turtle Room. In the past, the Turtle Room wasn't always so private and quiet when a game or practice was going on in the Arena.

The Ànowaràkowa Area now has: a new score clock system, new LED lighting systems both inside and out, a new LED computer control road sign, new historical interpretation signage on Arena grounds, replacement of 4ft high safety glass to 8 ft. high safety glass, installation of new concession stand in the former minor sports office, replacement of fire alarm system with new system, new fitness rooms and fixtures and the purchase of a new compressor.

Jim Ransom, Director of Tehotiiennawakon, proudly speaks of the Arena's grand reopening.

One new project is the Historical Interpretation Signage on the Arena grounds. Right now there are three finished and ready for the public, with the fourth in the works. Once the project is completed there will be a total of twelve set up along the walking trail on the Arena grounds. The project is being funded through the Department of Tehotiiennawakon, who assigned Darren Bonaparte to find the 12 historical figures from Akwesasne and Jade Thompson to do the art work for the signage. The first one can be seen as soon as you pull up to the Arena is the one dedicated to Louis Cook, which has a pyro-graphed drawing of Louis Cook along with a description of who he was and what he did.

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne's Department of Tehotiiennawakon and Technical Services did an excellent job of renovating the Arena with the help of many others such as Allen Thompson Electric, Dean Point Construction, Mohawk Plumbing, Mainville Flooring, Matco Flooring, Simplex Rentals, Service Master, Trembley Fire Solutions, Tormont Cimco, Letreille Electric, Cornwall Glass, Riley Manufacturing, MS Mechanical, HSP Engineering, Emards Lumber, Westburne Electrical Suppliers, OES Electronic, Russell Hendrix Restaurant Equipment Suppliers and Dave's Reliable Signs.


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