Date(s) - 11/11/2017
Canandaigua Primary School
Come be a part of the Canandaigua Treaty Day event to rededicate an historic federal treaty that was signed in Canandaigua, NY in 1794. It brought about peace between the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Confederacy) and the young United States, each recognizing the sovereignty of the other to govern and set laws as distinct nations. All Treaty Day events are free and open to the public.
At 1:30 pm, we gather outside the Canandaigua Primary School (96 W. Gibson St.) for a walk to the lawn of the Ontario County Courthouse. Haudenosaunee Chiefs lead the march followed by representatives from the Six Nations and the United States. The traditional commemoration ceremony takes place at 2:00 pm on the lawn, introduced by Jemison. It includes Clayton Logan (Seneca) plus other officials and Quaker representatives whose ancestors—as people of peace—were witness to the original signing to ensure fair negotiations.
From 12-4 pm, attendees are invited to the Ontario County Historical Society (55 N. Main St.) to view one of only two original copies of the treaty and pertinent letters. A Native American art and craft sale will take place at the Canandaigua Primary School gym from 11 am-6 pm.
Award-winning writer and journalist Douglas M. George-Kanentiio (Akwesasne Mohawk) is this year’s keynote speaker to discuss “The Influence of Women in Iroquois History from the American Revolution to Current Times” at 6:00 pm in the Primary School auditorium. At a time when American women had no rights, Haudenosaune women were trying to secure peace during the Revolution and played an important role in the treaty-making process. Douglas will highlight important individuals such as Laurie Cornelius, Mary Winder and Audrey Shenandoah.