OTTAWA, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Assembly of First Nations National Chief
Phil Fontaine issued the following statement today regarding the situation in
Akwesasne Mohawk Territory:
"The Assembly of First Nations has been in contact with the leadership of
the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne through our national office as well as
the office of AFN Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse, and we will
continue to stay in contact. I was given a personal briefing and update
earlier today by Akwesasne Grand Chief Tim Thompson.
The AFN, and First Nations across the country, are very concerned about
the tense situation in Akwesasne and we are particularly concerned about
the effects on the citizens of the community in not being able to access
essential services and schools. The Assembly of First Nations is closely
monitoring the situation and we have offered to intervene and provide
assistance to the leadership and citizens of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation,
based on the direction of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne.
It is our understanding that the people of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation
have put forward a number of constructive proposals to the federal
government and the Canada Border Services Agency to resolve this
situation. These peaceful and constructive proposals offer the best way
forward and we urge the federal government to actively work with the
leadership of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne to resolve the matter as
expeditiously as possible.
I will be making no further statement on this issue until a decision and
direction on next steps is determined by the Mohawk Council of
National Chief Phil Fontaine
Assembly of First Nations
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada.
For further information:
For further information: Don Kelly, A/Communications Director, Assembly
of First Nations, (613) 241-6789 ext. 334, cell: (613) 292-2787,