Passing it on
Folks from No One is Illegal Vancouver & Montreal are compiling updates from those of us who are in Akwesasne.
I will be writing a more detailed article later today or tomorrow.
Please credit Sandra Cuffe as the photographer is you publish or otherwise use any of my photos. Thanks!
in solidarity from Kawenoke ("Cornwall Island"),
sandrawww.dominionpaper. ca/weblogs/ sandra
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Pictures by Sandra Cuffe:http://www.flickr.
“[The Canadian Border Service Agency] is a foreign oppressive force who
occupies our sovereign
community and territory. (They are) unwelcome,
uninvited and now carrying firearms. For lack of a different description,
that is considered by some an act of war.” – Larry King, member of the
Akwesasne Mohawk Territory (quoted in Ottawa Citizen, May 29, 2009)
* As of 5 pm, the bridge to the Akwesasne reserve will be opened for
residents to return home, according to Akwesasne's Chief Tim Thompson. The
border corssing to the US remains closed.http://www.ottawaci tizen.com/ news/Akwesasne+ bridge+opened+ local+residents/ 1651926/story. html
* The federal public safety minister Peter Van Loan says the Canada-U.S.
border crossing near Cornwall, Ont. won't reopen until the Mohawk
community accepts that guards at the border will be armed with
handguns.http://ottawa. ctv.ca/servlet/ an/local/ CTVNews/20090601 /OTT_Border_ Protest_090601/ 20090601? hub=Ottawa
* The federal public safety minister Peter Van Loan minister said the
Cornwall Island crossing will not be exempted from arming because the
Conservative government plans on committing to its promise to arm all
4,800 border officers at land and sea ports of entry by 2016. With the
final deadline still seven years off, the Mohwak Council of Akwesasne is
requesting arming on Cornwall Island be delayed to allow time for officers
to be trained in cultural sensitivity by the community, but it has yet to
be granted.http://www.standard -freeholder.
com/ArticleDispl ay.aspx?e= 1593213
Border Services Agency workers left their posts on Cornwall
Island, citing safety concerns, just before midnight Sunday in advance of
the Akwesasne Mohawk demonstrationhttp://www.google. com/hostednews/ canadianpress/ article/ALeqM5jc 3eZgl16gB4iY56X6 QorsZC0a9A
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Misko Stephane Collette