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Mohawks’ right to freely cross Canada-U.S. border trumped by national security: judge

CBSA shoulder flash 1by Douglas Quan, National Post, October 28, 2015

Federal border officers’ duty to safeguard Canada trumps the right of Mohawks to freely travel their Akwesasne territory that straddles Ontario, Quebec and New York state, a judge has ruled.

Two Akwesasne women had tried to assert an “aboriginal right to mobility to travel freely” within the territory for family or community purposes, and claimed that having to check in at the Cornwall, Ont., port of entry violated their Charter rights.

But in a new ruling, Judge Peter Griffiths of the Ontario Court of Justice said the inconvenience of checking in at the border was minimal and necessary to ensure national security. Read the rest of this entry

Akwesasne man, 67, says he was brutalized by border guards over whiff of phantom tobacco

Antoine Delormier, 67, in his hospital bed in Cornwall Thursday. Photo courtesy of family via APTN.

Antoine Delormier, 67, in his hospital bed in Cornwall Thursday. Photo courtesy of family via APTN.

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, September 24, 2015
A 67 year-old Akwesasne man who recently survived a heart-attack says he was brutalized by Canadian border agents Tuesday who forced him into secondary inspection because one of them caught a whiff of tobacco in his truck.

Antoine Delormier was on his way to the hospital when he was stopped at the border and manhandled by border guards after he refused to leave his truck.

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Grand Chief Abram Benedict said in a statement the incident is being “reviewed and investigated” by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Read the rest of this entry

Anti-terror bill would widen powers for Canadian border guards

Akwesasne Mohawk takeover of border post ends with arrest

Stacey Boots arrested by Akwesasne Mohawk Police, March 22, 2014.

Stacey Boots arrested by Akwesasne Mohawk Police, March 22, 2014.

By Todd Hambleton, Cornwall Standard Freeholder, March 22, 2014

CORNWALL ISLAND – Akwesasne Mohawk Police defused a potential showdown just before noon on Saturday, arresting activist Stacey Boots.

Boots, of Akwesasne, had announced to media outlets his plan to march with other activists on the former Canada Border Services Agency customs house, but it never happened. Read the rest of this entry