U.S., Canada Celebrate Boundary Waters Treaty Centennial

Posted by Suzanne Hall
June 13, 2009
Flags of U.S. and Canada Fly Side By Side

About the Author: Suzanne Hall serves as the Public Diplomacy Advisor for Canada and Mexico in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Secretary Clinton flew to Canada to participate in the 100th anniversary of the Boundary Waters Treaty between the United States and Canada on June 13, 2009. The ceremony could not have taken place in a more beautiful setting: the Rainbow Bridge overlooking Niagara Falls.

The Secretary arrived early in the morning and proceeded directly to the bridge. Officials from both sides of the border — including Canadian Foreign Minister Cannon, legislators, governors, provincial premiers and mayors — were on hand for the celebration.

A brass ensemble from the National Academy Orchestra of Canada kicked off the event with a musical arrangement. Mayors from communities on either side of Niagara Falls then walked in, accompanied by an Honor Guard. Canadian Mayor Ted Salci from Niagara Falls, Ontario and Mayor Paul Dyster, representing Niagara Falls, New York, spoke to the importance of the Boundary Waters Treaty. Both talked about how U.S. and Canadian citizens have all benefited from its application over the last century.

The main event then began, with a processional from either end of the Rainbow Bridge. The two delegations — including Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Cannon — met in the middle of the bridge to shake hands. A binational honor guard then sang the national anthems from both of our countries and presented the colors. During her remarks, Secretary Clinton noted that over the last 100 years, the Boundary Waters Treaty has successfully prevented and resolved boundary waters disputes between Canada and the United States. Thanks to the Boundary Waters Treaty, our two countries have been able to smoothly move forward with important projects including dams. Of equal importance, the Boundary Waters Treaty is an important vehicle through which the U.S. and Canada seek to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of our shared waters.

The final moments of the ceremony were perhaps the most moving, providing a beautiful tribute to the importance of our shared water resources to Native Americans and Canadians. A young man named Ryan, a member of the Tuscarora tribe, read from the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address, a Native poem praising the Earth. The portion of the poem talking about water was particularly poignant. Ryan read:

“We give thanks to all the Waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. We know its power in many forms — waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of water.”

The ceremony closed with the sound of carillon bells above Niagara Falls. The centennial celebration — held in a spectacular location — served to highlight the breadth and depth of the U.S.-Canadian bilateral relationship.



New Jersey, USA
June 14, 2009

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

Thanks Suzanne. The description is beautiful. I hope we'll see video. That was the first border I ever crossed in my life! I LOVE The Rainbow Bridge!

June 14, 2009

Amanda in Canada writes:

I'm glad to see that someone's paying attention. As usual Hillary's picking-up the slack on issues that need to be addresed between out two countries...it seems like the Democrats have had all the worlds problems dumped on them all at once. I'm hoping that people will start considering that when they don't get what they want/need as fast as they get a hamburger from McDonalds. Although Hil, that was pretty fast.

United States
June 14, 2009

Laura in U.S.A. writes:

PLease put black over white background. This dark layout get hard to read after a while.

South Korea
June 15, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

it`s very good scene to regional economic conditions improve...and also, we never neglecting political side....to the voter (80% of manufactering works of woker)

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The first time does a short-term confrontation with the management which material circle is efficient and (Canada the material circle is abundant and that the recycling ratio of material circle low-end will hang with is famous, is knowing), mid-long term in former times as cause of flood logging magnificent (?) Escapes from the fact that does a a little plants more tree, again flood (?) Does being born will not be the method? (Justly thinks the removal which contaminated circle is basic the medulla control chart which leads the thing in parallel) Last, in order to solve the drought which is caused with change of climate the Administration of now powerfully, is thought. that must encourage the establishment of the new and renewable energy circle which is propelling a little. End easily only does, is many will be been difficult and, will hang and with to be knowing thinks only, to consider the peculiarity of that area does not happen the work must stop repeatedly happens the thing which will be difficult (politics and economy) anti-must do thought holds.

thank you... giving to me a opportunity of saying...

July 13, 2009

Johnson writes:

Its help to people ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

September 14, 2009

S.E. in Canada writes:

A very encouraging and positive step in the right direction.


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