The Mohawk Workers’ alliance supports a positive, respectful, productive and mutually beneficial relationship between the indigenous communities, municipalities such as the City of Brantford, and regions including the County of Brant; a reliable supply of safe drinking water that is not put at risk by the insatiable thirst for aggregate & resources; clean air that allows us to enjoy the outdoors with our neighbours; agricultural land that remains affordable for farming, and the availability of fresh food grown close to home; convenient and effective public transit that connects our communities with each other and with other major centres; celebration of our local artists, athletes, and academics; sharing and commemoration of our rich heritage; developing new, local economies based on agri-tourisim, eco-tourisim, and other innovative businesses creating clean sector jobs for the 21st century.
Grand Environmental Protocol
– D R A F T –
Whereas the Kanienkahagen people of the Mohawk Nation of the Ouse / Grand River territory represent the ‘head’ and leaders of the Iroquoian 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;
And whereas the Kanienkahagen people of the Grand River territory are Onkwehonweh (sovereign, real people) living within the Haldimand Tract territory under what some call ‘The Great Law of Peace’;
And whereas the Kanienkahagen people of the 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;
And whereas our proclaimed territorial homeland (as defined within the Haldimand Tract) remains subjected to title frauds, encroachments, intrusions, trespasses, corruption and pollution at the unclean hands of belligerent occupants and entities;
And whereas 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;
And whereas 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 consistent with our beliefs;
And whereas 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;
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.
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).