Update On Incident Involving Akwesasne Elder And Canada Border Service Agency

Kentenha / October 1, 2015

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) is aware of an incident that occurred on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 22, 2015 involving Akwesasne Elder Antoine Delormier, Sr. and Border Service Officers from the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) at the Cornwall Port of Entry.

The MCA’s primary concern at this time is the health and well-being of Mr. Delormier.

Mohawk Council is maintaining contact with Mr. Delormier’s immediate family in order to receive updates on the status of his health. At this time, we have not had direct contact with Mr. Delormier to obtain his personal account of the incident; we are prepared to do so when he has recovered.

Council members have informed the Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Safety Canada about the incident and treatment Mr. Delormier received at the Cornwall Port of Entry while travelling domestically from Kawehno:ke and have expressed concerns with the health and well-being of Mr. Delormier. MCA is awaiting a response from Public Safety Canada.

Council will continue to monitor the situation, and will keep the community informed and updated. For more information, please contact the Mohawk Government offices at 613-575-2341.