Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Two Row Wampum

The Two Row Wampum Belt says:
"This symbolizes the agreement under which the Iroquois/Haudenosaunee
welcomed the white peoples to their lands.
'We will NOT be like father and son, but like brothers.
These TWO ROWS will symbolize vessels,
travelling down the same river together.
One will be for the Original People, their laws, their customs,
and the other for the European people and their laws and customs.
We will each travel the river together,
but each in our own boat.
And neither of us will try to steer the other's vessel."

The agreement has been kept by the Iroquois/Haudenosaunee to this date.

Haudenosaunee Six Nations References


Canada and the Law

In this video, lawyer Kate Kempton speaks at a community forum:
Beyond Conflict and Blame.

Ms. Kempton explains the principles of law governing Canada's relationship with Indigenous Nations within Canada's borders.

She describes the treaties Canada has with Indigenous Nations as our permission ... Canada's permission ... to settle certain areas.

We cannot 'throw out the treaties' as some would suggest, because they define our country. What we can do is renegotiate treaties.



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