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Annual Akwesasne Roadside Cleanup


Mohawk Council of Akwesasne's Environment Division were happy to gather for a group photo with their helpful volunteers. L to R: Wendy Oakes, Alex Oakes, Owen Mitchell, Sophia Angus, Jessica Shenandoah and Quincy Angus.

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, the Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment (ATFE) hosted their annual Roadside Cleanup all throughout Akwesasne. It's one of few partnerships between the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, whose collaboration makes a big difference in the community, by including all of Akwesasne in a day to clean Mother Earth. The event was originally scheduled on April 28th, but due to unfavourable weather, the date was postponed to May 5th.

The Lady Devils Team helped out at the Akwesasne Senior Center, cooking and cleaning for the cookout. L to R: Kristin Ransom, Andi Phillips, Leanne Hill, Ava Cook and Jade B. B.

The roadside cleanup began at 9:00am, with sign-ups taking place on the northern portion of Akwesasne at the CIA #3 building and the Akwesasne Senior Center for the southern portion. Families, teams and individuals all signed up to help clean up the roadsides. There were plenty of prizes donated by local businesses, and prizes were drawn at the end of the day for everyone who participated. Both sign-up stations hosted a cookout for everyone once the cleanup was finished.

There were monetary prizes given out to the top three participants who collected the highest numbers of garbage bags. 1st place went to Tarbell Management Group with 89 bags, 2nd place went to Early Risers with 77 bags and 3rd place went to Akwesasne Freedom School with 65 bags. The grand total came up to 925 garbage bags collected by all the participants.

Akwesasne is a beautiful place to live, so it's always a positive feeling when everyone can take time out of their day to help make Akwesasne even more beautiful. There were plenty of different organizations, families, groups and teams who helped clean. It was great to see the young people helping out and learning the importance of taking care of our Mother Earth. Another successful roadside cleanup in the books. Let's hope next year's is just as good, if not better.


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