Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs Come to Kahnawake
Written by Paul on February 22, 2020
On a beautiful Saturday – at around the lunch hour – five Hereditary Chiefs from the Wet’suwet’en Nation were welcomed by the Kanien’keha:ka Nation Mohawk Longhouse on the 207.
Approximately 300 people from the community as well as those from Kanesatake, Akwesasne, Six Nations and elsewhere took part in the ceremony around the sacred fire. The ceremony was opened by Kahnawake’s Joe McGregor.
It was an historic day according to Mohawk Council of Kahnawake Chief Kahsennehawe Sky Deer.
“It’s an important moment in our history in showing solidarity between East and West over a matter that I think we can all get behind in terms of the environment and what this means in terms of Indigenous rights and about our lands that are unceded and have never been given up title. The Federal Government keeps doing these kinds of things so I hope some good dialogue will come out of this,” Sky Deer said.
Joe Curotte is a traditionalist and a member of the Mohawk Nation at Kahnawake.
“What they are fighting for out there in B.C. is who owns the land? You have to have respect and here we fight for that every day, same thing, that’s what it’s all about,” Curotte said. “As a traditionalist I know what it means. What our land really means to us and our rights. What is not getting enough coverage out in B.C. is what their rights are, and they’re (Government) walking all over it.”
Assembly of First Nations Quebec and Labrador Regional Chief Ghislain Picard was also on hand, along MCK Grand Chief Joe Norton and Chief Ross Montour.