Bill Squire to address Brantford Council 7pm RE: Unauthorized Acts / Notices – Accounting Issues: Demand Inclusion
Via facsimile to: 519-759-7840
OCTOBER 22, 2012
TO BE DELIVERED PERSONALLY TO:
Lori Wolfe, City Clerk – Brantford Council – the Corporation of the City of Brantford
100 Wellington Square, P.O. Box 818,
Brantford, Ontario, Canada, N3T 5R7
RE: Unauthorized Acts & Refusal to Comply With Requests for Budget Corporation of the City of Brantford and Accounting for Invoice No. RW 1914011
The ka-nyen-geh-ha-kah (Kanienkahagen) people of the Mohawk Nation of the Ouse / Grand River territory represent the ‘head’ and leaders of the League of Five Nations Confederacy, and are trustees and protectors of the Haldimand Proclamation of 1784 which states the outright ownership to these Mohawks (and such others that wish to follow) of the lands “six miles deep from the mouth to the source of the Grand (Ouse) River”, or the Haldimand Tract. The Kanienkahagen people of the Mohawk Nation of the Ouse / Grand River territory are Onkwehonweh (sovereign, real people) living within the Grand River territory under what some call ‘The Great Law of Peace’. Our land base of nearly 1 million acres (the Haldimand Tract) was proclaimed as a pacrel of our native home territory by the British Crown as a war reparation for our allied military service and loss of our homeland territories in New York State, as we fought for the British in the American Revolutionary War (this reparation is called the Haldimand Proclamation – See: https://rotinonshonnionhwetkanatahere.wordpress.com). We also fought as allies for England during the war of 1812 against the Americans including the “Six Nations Indians”.
The Kanyen’kehake of the Ouse / Grand River Territory are not now, never have been, nor ever will be subject to the influence / manipulation of outside government(s) including evolved arms of such (including elected “Band Council” and other Indian Act creations.
However, our territorial homeland remains subjected to title frauds, encroachments, intrusions, trespasses, corruption and pollution at the unclean hands of belligerent occupants and entities. Impostors and other unauthorized parties have persisted in engaging in unauthorized dealings pertaining to our people and our territorial homeland for many years; indeed these belligerent acts continue to plague our people to this day, notwithstanding the continued best efforts on our part to hold such parties to account and to enjoy life within our territorial homeland unmolested and free from outside intrusions. As allies of the British Crown,
The Kanyen’kehake (Mohawks) of the Ouse / Grand River Territory are to enjoy supreme, independent authority over and within our territory. We have retained power to rule and make law which rests on our “Great Binding Law” or “Great Peace”, and which is proclaimed clearly within the Sir Frederick Haldimand’s 1784 proclamation. Indeed, our “sovereignty” has always necessitated a moral imperative on the Mohawk statesmen to exercise it; as such, we are obliged to assert and maintain our territorial integrity.
On November 27th, 1972, the Crown of England recognized Edwin (Ted) Squire Hill as the newly appointed Chief of the Mohawk Wolf Clan in a letter written by Brigadier General Andre Garneau on the part of Canada’s Governor General. The same letter advised that notice of the appointment was forwarded to the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs in order that it may be “properly registered”. To our knowledge, this constitutes the only current example of a sovereign
Chief being ‘registered’ in this way (i.e. as an ally of the Crown of England – and NOT as a subject or “Indian” under the “Indian Act”).
Accordingly, and in the circumstances, we see our position as being unique – and of great importance.
SEE: CANADIAN HOUSE OF COMMONS MAY 11TH, 1914
But there are bands of the Six Nations Indians located on the Grand
river in Ontario who, I maintain, are in a different legal position
from any other Indian bands who are native to the country. These
Indian bands on the Grand river had their original home in the United
States. At the close of the war of the revolution they emigrated to
Canada and were given lands under a special treaty, not as subjests of
Great Britain, but as allies of Great Britain, and I maintain that the
holding of these Six Nations Indians on the Grand river is of such a
kind that this parliament has no right to interfere with it.” – Hon.
Frank Oliver, M.P., May 11, 1914 [From: House of Commons Debates,
Third Session-Twenty-Twelfth Parliament, 4-5 George V., 1914 Hon.
Frank Oliver, Liberal MP] Mr. Oliver’s statement was re-stated (for a
second time) in the House of Commons Debates Fourth
Session-Twenty-First Parliament, 15, George VI, 1951 by John Horne
Blackmore (Conservative MP for Lethbridge).
We wish to formally address our objection to this Council and the City of Brantford’s habitual dealings pertaining to Mohawk Grand River Territory. Further, your objectionable policy of willing and knowingly excluding known Chiefs and the Mohawk Workers from negotiations, decisions and such relevant matters must cease.
Take notice that any and all future meetings set to take place henceforth without our involvement, and indeed all such meetings prior constitute unauthorized dealings if indeed decisions made pertain or pertained to Haldimand Territory issues.
Be assured we intend to use our voice – and our ability to deal with the Crown of England directly as an ally – to address the great injustices and harms perpetrated on native people in order that a peaceful resolution / way forward may be meaningfully forged.
We believe that the time has come for us to set aside matters of division and difference and unite over matters of common interest, purpose and intent and it is clear to us that there is an opportunity for certain government bodies to play a central role in achieving this goal. To be clear, we do not see this as a solely a Mohawk struggle, but one that all Onkwehonweh share from each of our own unique perspectives.
Thank you for allowing us to share ours, and for the opportunity to share our objections to the exclusion of the Mohawk Workers from your Council’s work.
Please take some time to browse our website and to contact Bill Squire or Jason Bowman directly at 519-752-7701 anytime to discuss these matters in greater detail. It remains our hope that common sense will prevail & the Grand River Mohawks will be invited to participate in decisions relevant to our territory, and be parties to all future negotiations and lobby efforts.
We remain encouraged to see that both our native and non-native allied groups continue to increase in numbers in the past few weeks – each applying pressure in its own ways to effect better adherence to the spirit of the Two-Row Wampum.
Jason Bowman (for Bill Squire)