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Mohawks threaten to boycott Canadian customs

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Mohawks on the Canadian side of Akwesasne say they'll boycott Canadian customs if progress isn't made in talks with the Canadian government.

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David Sommerstein
Reporter/ Producer

According to Indian Time newspaper, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Grand Chief Mike Mitchell says the Canadian Border Services Agency’s requirement that Mohawks check in in Cornwall before visiting other Mohawk communities violates their “fundamental right to move freely” within their traditional territory.

Mitchell says his government will unilaterally set up its own customs station on Cornwall Island if the CBSA doesn’t work with the tribe to help achieve that objective.

For more than five years, Mohawks have endured hour-long wait times to check in with Canadian customs even though their final destination is more than a mile in advance of the customs station.

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