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A tree to remember

February, 2023
David Glaser
David Glaser, reporter geneveMonde

The Iroquois came to Geneva 100 years years ago. Deskaheh, Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) chief, visit Geneva in 1923 and his visit to the adoption of an agreement between the city and the League of Six Iroquois Nations in North-Eastern of the North American continent. However, a hundred years ago, this Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) chief found a closed door to defend the cause of his people at the League of Nations in Geneva.

Last February 9, 2023, Representatives of the Administrative Council of the City of Geneva and a delegation from the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy planted a Tree of Peace in the Parc des Bastions.

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy is one of the oldest active governments in the world. Their governance is guided by the Great Law of Peace, established over 1000 years ago, before the arrival of Europeans in North America.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy signed treaties with the colonizing states for the use of their territories along the Great River.

However, over time, these agreements were violated by the colonizing states and much of this land was sold to settlers. As a result of these expropriations, the Haudenosaunee have been demanding respect for their rights and compensation for several decades.

In this report, you will hear from Seneca Nation Elder Clayton Logan, Mohawk Nation member Kenneth Deer of the Haudenosaunee External Relations Committee, Tuscarora Nation member Brennen Ferguson and Patricia McCullagh, Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in Geneva.

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