Akwesasne Border Blues


Published: Wednesday, 07/15/2009 12:00 am EDT

Canadian border guards are working out of a makeshift post in Cornwall, Ont. this week, after a dispute with local aboriginals forced the permanent post to be abandoned, the Globe and Mail reported. The permanent crossing, located on Cornwall Island, is on the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory, and community members took issue with new regulations requiring border guards to carry guns. The Canada Border Services Agency closed the permanent crossing on May 31 after dozens of Akwesasne residents camped out near the post to protest the decision to arm border officers. CBSA says the new post is temporary.

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