ATFE’s Akwesasne Roadside Cleanup Day

Niawenkó:wa Akwesasró:non! Everyone give yourselves a pat on the back. Sonkwaiatí:son (Our Creator) is smiling on us, seeing his children picking up trash and taking care of Mother Earth on May 5th.


Tarbell Management Group won first place with 89 bags.

Early Risers came in second with 77 bags.

The Akwesasne Freedom School came in third with 65 bags.


A total of 920 bags were picked up along the roads.

The Ahkwesáhsne Task Force on the Environment, the SRMT Environment Division and the MCA Department of Environment would like to thank the following groups and individuals, because without them, our cleanup day would not have happened.


Trash Committee: Jessica Shenandoah, Craig Arquette, Loretta David, Jessica Raspitha, and Julia Jacobs.

Donations of food: Teres Seymour, Jay Wilkins, Alice Thompson, Akat Thompson, Elvera Sargent, Mary Arquette, Shannon @ TnT Deli, Lacey Pierce (Kawehnoke).


Donations of door prizes: Julia Jacobs, The Sugar Shack, SRMT Brownfields, Amberdawn Lafrance, Emily Tarbell, Teres Seymour, BMO, TD Bank, Can 8, Lowes (Cornwall), Food Basics, Canadian Tire, Farm Boy, Your Independent Grocer, Le’s Nails, Dairy Queen, Summitt Fitness, Philo’s, Fantastic Cleaners, Shoeless Joe’s, TSC, No Frills, Riverside Pizza, Rayco Team Sports, Pommier Jewellers, Stormont Stationers, The Squire Shop, Ionkwanikonhriiosne Creative Sewing Center, Kings and Little Ones, Bulk Barn, Cora’s, Giroux’s Sewing Center, Cornwall Square Administration Office, Shoe Repair, Cali Nails, Pizza Hut (Cornwall), Native North American Travelling College, LOK Creations, Marie’s Westend Fries, Garden Greens, Rona, Olympic Pizza, Minute Auto Wash, Sunshine Restaurant, Wholesale Club, Babes Cosmetics, Cornwall Aquatic Center, Uniglass Plus Ziebart, and Freshco.


Monetary donations: Akwesasne Community Assistance Fund, CKON Radio Bingo, Sons of American Legion, Seaway International Bridge Co., OPG, and NYSDOT for paying the tipping fees.

Truck Divers and Helpers: NYS DOT, Teiothorake Seymour, Alexis Seymour, Tisha Benedict, Akat Thompson, Ken Jock, Iakwa Jock, Jessica Raspitha, Troy Arquette, Dave Arquette, Teres Seymour, Jay Wilkins, Lady Devils Soccer, Jessica Shenandoah, Loretta David, Peggy Pyke Thompson, Quincy Angus, Sophia Angus, Wendy Oakes, Alex Oakes, and Owen Mitchell.


We would also like to thank the following departments for the use of their trucks: SRMT Environment Division and Transfer Station, MCA Environment, MCA Department of Technical Services and NYSDOT. We would like to thank D & R Disposal and SRMT Solid Waste Department for setting up dumpsters. Special thanks go to Tarbell Management Group for providing gas for all the trucks picking up trash and to the Senior Center and MCA CIA III for providing the use of their facilities. We would also like to thank Amberdawn Lafrance, Hilary Jacobs, and Julia Jacobs (Southern portion) and Wendy Oakes, Jessica Shenandoah and Loretta David (Kawehnoke) for organizing the door prizes.