Cornwall Ontario — During a bilateral meeting of officials from Cornwall and Akwesasne that took place on September 29, 2014, City of Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger and Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Grand Chief Mike Kanentakeron Mitchell signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) relating to the Cornwall Port lands.
The MOU represents an important step in the process of negotiating with Transport Canada for the divestiture of the Cornwall Port lands. It sets out the principles of equal partnership, equal ownership, and operation and management guidelines for the Port lands.
The next step in the process is the development of a formal agreement between the City of Cornwall and MCA. It is hoped the process will be completed by the end of this year.
“The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding represents an historic step forward in the relationship between the communities of Cornwall and Akwesasne,” said Mayor Kilger.
“This MOU is symbolic of our commitment to work together with Cornwall to find solutions to common issues through friendship and a mutual respect for the environment,” said MCA Grand Chief Mike Kanentakeron Mitchell. “We are pleased to see the divestiture discussions take a positive step forward.”