Statement by AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine on the Situation in the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne

    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,

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