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I have written this article already: a historical analysis of the stark difference between the original world views of Indigenous humanity and the western view which arrived in North America in the 17th century. And that Canada still does not respect the land, water, other species and the original people, or anyone else, who wants to care for them.
“You say that you are our father and I am your son.
We say, ‘We will not be like Father and Son, but like Brothers’.
This wampum belt confirms our words. These two rows will symbolize two paths or two vessels, traveling down the same river together. One, a birch bark canoe, will be for the Indian People, their laws, their customs and their ways. We shall each travel the river together, side by side, but in our own boat. Neither of us will make compulsory laws or interfere in the internal affairs of the other. Neither of us will try to steer the other’s vessel.”
From a 1614 agreement between the Haudenosaunee people and representatives of the Dutch government, declaring peaceful coexistence. The agreement, which took place in what would become New York State, has been kept by the Haudenosaunee to this date.
I speak about what happened to the Indigenous people during the time of European settlement in early 16th century North America. The early treaties: Two Row Wampum and the Great Peace. I speak about history repeating itself since "Over 10,000 years before, the Indigenous ancestors of European people had encountered a similar invasion. Paleolithic tribes who subsisted as hunter-gatherers for millennia in Europe's wild lands were invaded by Neolithic farmers originating in the south." Then I go to the 17th century and "Europe's original farmers had evolved considerably." "The colonization of territories an ocean away in the vast wild spaces of North America introduced another way of life." and describe the Indigenous world view and contrast it with the European one. I describe colonial expansion and what happened to the land and the people.
The next section: "The 20th century shall be the century of Canada and Canadian development” Prime Minister Laurier 1904; how nature was destroyed from one side of the country to the other. I describe the Wet'suet'en resistance. The Mohawks at Tyendinaga ; Kanenhariyo's words.
The next section is: Prosperity is only offered to some in our common home. A discussion of how the Europeans treated common-pool resources. The Land Ethic by Aldo Leopold and the benefits of an Indigenous world view to Canada and the world . I am Staff and Co-founder of the False Creek Watershed Society http://www.falsecreekwatershed.org . My Anthropology Masters Research studied Indigenous approaches to sustainability http://www.celiabrauer.com/graduate-studies.html Photos needed. Two Row Wampum. The Wet'suet'en land resisters. Mohawks at Tyendinaga. Others...
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