In their own words: what early explorers wrote about indigenous people

First impressions of the inhabitants of what later became known as the Americas, are very interesting to read from a historical perspective. It was primarily…

Six Nations lands: why is the Burtch Tract so important?

BURTCH — The tract of land known as the Burtch Tract was part of the Haldimand Tract made manifest by Joseph Brant on behalf of…

The historical connection between Mohawks and Masons

It is no secret that Joseph Brant was a serious and devout Freemason, being given his apron (a sign of membership) by King George III…

Red Jacket’s defence against Christianity confounds missionaries

NEW YORK—Thagoyeghwatha, called Red Jacket, was a Seneca chief and one of the most logical and thoughtful Onkwehonwe (First Nations) speakers of his day, with a huge…

Five racist things written about indigenous people from two Canadian historical figures

The following quotes are from Canada’s First Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald from 1867-1873. “When the school is on a reserve, the child lives…

Reading Someone Else’s Mail: Government answers Chiefs about disposal of their lands

SIX NATIONS — The crush of white settlers into Southwestern Ontario in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s created confusion at best, and at worst, a golden…

Brant’s Ford, was a “whiteman reserve”

Six Nations Haldimand Tract lands were being gobbled up at an alarming pace following the death of Joseph Brant on Nov. 7th of 1807. It had…

In Memoriam: obituary of Deskaheh tells legacy of leader

On Monday, June 29, 1925 the headlines of national news reported the death of Haudenosaunee leader and Confederacy spokesperson Deskaheh Levi General. His obituary read…

Reading Someone Else Mail

Compiled by Jim Windle Chief consider co-operation with Dominion Government in 1923 Ohsweken Council House April 3rd, 1923 General Council opened in due form by…

Cutting rations to residential school parents

Many people just beginning to understand the episode in Canadian History known as the residential schools era may wonder, how did parents react when their…

What frauds lie beneath Brantford land titles

BRANTFORD – The debate over whether certain Six Nation lands in Brantford were legitimately surrendered for sale or lease has brought polarized opinions, but what…

Red Jacket’s speech to President Peter Russell

From Canadian Archives The following is a manuscript originally hand written but later typed and rechecked by government typists before being filed in the Canadian…

Visit to Mush Hole when it was doing its job

The residential school system was a terrible period of time in Canada’s history and a lot of people are now becoming aware of it. But…

Why Brant sold Land

BRANTFORD – Joseph Brant has been accused of selling off land for his own enrichment, usually by people who have no historical anchor to attach…

First Nations Warriors Key in Preserving the Future of Canada

Great acts of heroism by First Nations soldiers over 200 years ago helped paved the way to Canadian Confederation in 1867. Without their sacrifices during…