Akwesasne Bridge Crisis Update – Monday October 12, 2009 SEAWAY INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE – Cornwall Ontario – EDITORIAL

Akwesasne Bridge Crisis Update – Monday October 12, 2009 SEAWAY INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE – Cornwall Ontario – EDITORIAL

tentnbuild The trusses are up at the winter base being built  next to the CBSA post on the Island.   I stopped by early Saturday morning.   Everything was wet and mucky, but moving forward.

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

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13 Comments on "Akwesasne Bridge Crisis Update – Monday October 12, 2009 SEAWAY INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE – Cornwall Ontario – EDITORIAL"

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Cheyenne Jacobs
I’m Native myself and i’m 13 years old and I live in Akwesasne. It bugs me alot, right now there is currently a 3 hour lineup on the bridge. And it’s getting longer and longer as every second ticks by. CBSA’S are idiots. Natives have a right what to say goes on in our terriotory. And I agree with whoever else said that CBSA doesn’t need to come to the island, with or without guns. This is going completely off topic but the government had no right to send Indegneous people across the globe bodybags. We are just as important… Read more »

Just shut down this POE so the healing can begin.


If you close down the POE everybody gets what they want most. The residents of the island don’t have armed CBSA agents (or any agents for that matter) and the government has armed guards at all points of entry. It is about compromise. It is about getting what each side wants most.


What a silly comment Glassbowl and shows a very punitive attitude. Nobody on the Island has suggested they want to be isolated and cut off.

You sound like a child that when they don’t get what they want lash out and have a tantrum.

Maybe you need a time out in the corner?


What are you talking about?
Where did I say that they would be isolated?
I said the best way is to close the POE.
You don’t believe in compromise?

Sure I can think of a reason why they can’t get a deal done. The two positions are totally and completely imcompatible. Closing down the POE is the closest thing to middle ground. It all comes down to sovereignty. The islanders don’t want armed CBSA agents because it infringes on their sovereignty. The Canadian government wants armed CBSA agents to maintain its sovereignty. The natives want their sovereignty recognized, but are unwilling to do the same for the Canadian government. This is the direction we are heading. It doesn’t even mean that the US has to close its POE. Traffic… Read more »
I would take a closure of the port over the return of CBSA to The Island, Akwesasne will adapt. Do I think that is optimal? No. Many people do enjoy doing business in Cornwall, as do I, and hold no animosity towards the people there. I know a shut down of this POE would impact them greatly, probably more than Akwesasne in the long term. Also, a good many Akwesasro:non reside in Cornwall and would be cut off from the rest of our community without bridge access. A closure would also not bring closure, for we do have many longstanding… Read more »

How can they do anything else given the historical problems in the area?

Some might say they don’t want the CBSA armed in order to give some organized crime elements the upper hand.

Onkwehonwe people
so called canada has no place having cbsa on the island that is Kanienkehaka Land Not canadas. the kanienkehaka are part of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Which we as a confederacy is a Nation in its self we are not canadians nor americans and how can we be when our nation was here first. Indigenous people should not have to stop and go thru these harassment points as i call them. so called canada needs to back off and not even try to put cbsa back on the island. i dont know how many times i have been harassed by them.… Read more »