Akwesasne activist arrested at CBSA's abandoned port of entry

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By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - An Akwesasne activist's plan to take over an abandoned border checkpoint on Cornwall Island was stopped short by authorities this Saturday.

The new low-level bridge to Cornwall Island.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service arrested Stacey Boots around noon as he tried to enter the Canada Border Services Agency's (CBSA) defunct port of entry building on Cornwall Island (Kawehno:ke).

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) stated that a John Stacey Boots was wanted on two counts of mischief and was turned over to the Ontario Provincial Police service who initiated the original charges.

Boots said in a recent article published in the Two Row Times out of Six Nations that he and his group were prepared to enter the facility and take it over because the land for the customs house was acquired by the CBSA in an underhanded way from a past relative.

Organizations: Canada Border Services Agency, Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police Emergency Operations Center

Geographic location: Cornwall Island

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  • Bebe Rebozzo
    March 23, 2014 - 09:17

    RE: Boots arrested: "WHO CARES" !

  • Island Watcher
    March 22, 2014 - 21:22

    His great-grandpa Paul Caldwell lived on the northwest corner of the crossroads there at the custom house. His great-grandpa Mike Boots owned the property immediately on the east property line of the custom house, just a literal stone throw from building. This is his home turf. The Canadian government cannot demonstrate it owns that land -- not a single piece of paper. It cannot get a title on it. The fact is that it is still "reserve land". The problem is not an agreement with Paul Caldwell, but a much more serious problem -- the whole island is "unceded territory".