A Message From the Mohawk Workers of Kanata RE: Genocide, The Haldimand Land Claim / Fraud & the Return to the Great Peace
Sekoh / hello,
We, the Mohawks of the Ouse / Grand River (a sovereign state within “Canada”), having for centuries proved to be faithful allies of the Crown of Great Britain – and having lost our ancestral homelands due to England’s wars such as the American Revolution – were awarded approximately 1 million acres on the banks of the Grand River running into Lake Erie, allotting to us, for the purpose of possession and settlement, six nautical miles deep from each side of the Grand river, beginning at Lake Erie, and extending in that proportion to the head of the said river, which we, and such others’ prosperity are to enjoy forever.
This decree that granted land to the Iroquois under the Mohawks was issued by the Governor of the Province of Quebec, Frederick Haldimand, on October 25, 1784 and is known as “The Haldimand Proclaimation“. Because it has never been lawfully ceded, it remains of full binding force and effect.Very simply, frauds and deceit have usurped this war reparation and robbed our people of what is rightfully ours, depriving us, to this day, of any homeland upon which to hunt and gather food and medicine, and leaving us with only stalled Land Claims and unpaid invoices. Broken promises, fraud, embezzlement and genocide – and worse – have all been perpetrated at the unclean hands of too many to count at this time.This simple and astronomical Mohawk land claim was outlined in an application to the International Court of Justice in the Hague filed on May 26, 1967. (The Mohawk Nation vs. Canada, successor of Great Britain). This claim was filed by international lawyer, Dr. Omar Z. Ghobashy, who said:
“The Act to provide for the disposition of Indian land claims, registered June 21, 1965, in the House of Commons of Canada (Bill C-123). By Canada setting its own appointed commission, the Canadian government is taking the duel position of defendant and judge.”
He advised that the Haldiamand should never be subject to adjudications under this act.
Currently, the courts of Canada only recognize a defacto Band Council (and the Six Nation’s Confederacy) as the legal representatives of impugned “Six Nations lands”, who evidently permitted, inter alia, Brant County and the city of Brantford to unlawfully negotiate matters of land issues with unlawful (albeit ‘elected’) Band Councils who acted without the Mohawk Statemen’s approval) under the terms of the abhorrent Canadian “Indian Act”, or the so-called “Six Nation’s Confederacy” under the terms of the defacto “Simcoe Deed of 1793” (which preempted the Haldimand), once again, WITHOUT MOHAWK CONSENT. (Note: “NO COUNCIL OF THE LEAGUE SHALL BE LEGAL UNLESS ALL OF THE STATESMEN OF THE MOHAWKS ARE PRESENT.” [From: Kayanerehkowa, Wampum #6]
A map of Brantford surveyed by Lewis Burwell in January 26, 1833 clearly shows Brantford in possession of only 807 acres and was completely surrounded by Mohawk farms and lands under the lease. This then raises unanswered questions:
Was this land ever sold?
Was it ever purchased?
Were Mohawk land owners ever compensated?
Were leases ever paid?
When will the City of Brantford and others begin to make good on payments?
Mayor Taylor of The Corporation of the City of Brantford acknowledged the city’s Mohawk Nation of the Ouse / Grand River’s $250 billion dollar indebtedness to the Mohawks in 1993. Today, that balance exceeds $700 billion – and counting.
This travesty leaves Mohawk lands and land questions unresolved and disappearing – a direct violation of Mohawk land rights and of our human rights. Our hunting and food / medicine gathering grounds were corrupted and polluted, leaving many areas now totally devoid of any natural value. Current toxic (human waste) sludge dumps at the Grand River source water (one of Earth’s largest freshwater aquafier) in Dundalk attest to the scale and sense of gravity at hand.
Accordingly, we as Mohawk people appeal for support from any decent people to whom justice and peace remain important. We remain open to support, advice, and advocacy in 0ur struggle to have our voices heard. Our message is simple: “We Invite All to Return to the Great Peace”