Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | November 23, 2017

Cornwall Border Protest – December 18, 1968.

On December 18, 1968, the Mohawk Indian Band of Akwesasne, erected a blockade on Cornwall Island in front of the International Bridge, to protest against the imposition of Canadian customs duties.  Kahn – Tineta Horn, shown above was among those arrested by Cornwall Police, who then had jurisdiction on the Island and was “illegally” detained in the old Cornwall Jail.

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Photograph, Marcel Quenneville.

Jay’s Treaty, was a treaty between the United States and Great Britain only, that recognised the rights and freedoms of First Nations People to travel unimpeded throughout their Aboriginal Territories.  For a full description of the legal proceedings around this treaty log onto the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Jay Treaty 1794.

Canada Customs on Cornwall Island.  The facility has now been moved to the north bank of the St. Lawrence in Cornwall.


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