We as the Hodiskeagehda (Men’s Fire) would like to express our grave concerns in regards to the recent events concerning the so called “Mohawk Workers” who are trying to deal with land issues that are out of their jurisdiction.
Years ago, the Mohawk Workers were considered to be a group with integrity, respect, and always has in mind to consider our future generations. Not looking for self gain as a group — how the true Mohawk Workers sought benefit for the people of Six Nations of the Grand River.
Under the Great Law, women hold title to our land. The men are to protect the women and the land. The Chiefs are the spokespeople of the clans. Yet they are not the Lords or say-all and do-all.
The Hodiskeagehda do not agree with the process and approach of the “Mohawk Workers”.
We recognize that something needs to be done for the people. However, it also needs to include the people.
As individuals we are all different and see things differently. That’s why, as a council, there are many minds thinking for the best of our families. Together we all have to accept and carry on the decision that we made. A true democracy comes from a people’s consensus. Allowing transparency, understanding, and acceptance of a council’s decision under the Great Law.
We do not support any actions that will further divide the people of Six Nations.
In closing, to our understanding, nowhere is it written or spoken that the “Mohawk Workers” are the trustees of the Haldimand Proclamation.
Karihwanoron (William Monture)