There was a turkey dinner served today, and a fundraiser as people are digging in and preparing for the winter. There’s also been a media freeze which I can understand. One person mentioned an internal house cleaning as various factions come to common ground.
Governing by consensus is never easy, and I was a bit saddened as I’d come to feel quite comfortable inside the tent and learned quite a bit. I think if more people; especially politicians were exposed to what I was for awhile there’d be much more understanding between all parties.
Right now things are tense. The MCA is suggesting a native customs crossing; there’s supposed to be a plebiscite about the CBSA returning to the Island, but most people I’ve spoken with on the Island seem to be against that; with or without guns. Meanwhile public opinion is turning against the residents of Akwesasne as time ticks by.
There also seem to be a faction in Akwesasne that doesn’t want non-native Media on the Island which I personally find very sad and odd as one of them allegedly isn’t even native? A bit racist too, but you have to respect what people wish.
And I think that’s what this crisis will come down to.
If the people of Akwesasne really don’t want CBSA on the Island then it’s up to them and the Canadian Government (or the Queen’s rep) to negotiate the terms and conditions that residents of the Island have to observe regarding the temporary (or permanent) Border crossing.
It’s time to end pressure tactics and get this resolved before the snow sticks and it’s going to start falling this week.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News