Treaties with Indigenous Peoples in Focus on International Day
This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August) aims to highlight the importance of honouring agreements between States, their citizens and indigenous peoples, emphasizing the principles of friendship, cooperation and peace. More than 200 indigenous and non-indigenous paddlers arrived at Pier 96 at West 57th Street in Manhattan, after having collectively travelled hundreds of miles on rivers and horseback to honour the first treaty – the Two Row Wampum – concluded between Dutch immigrants and the Haudenosaunee (a confederacy of six nations, with its seat in the Onondaga Nation in New York State) in 1613.
The Chief of the Onondaga Nation, Tadodaho Sid Hill (centre), speaking at Pier 96. The Paddlers were welcomed upon their arrival by Dutch Consul General Rob de Vos (centre left, with orange tie).