International Petition

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Published on two websites:

1): Petition on Mohawk Nation News, November 17,2006 (Homepage);

2): Petition on Rotinonhsonnion:we International Petition, not dated (Homepage ‘Petitions‘).

International Petition

We extend our sincere gratitude to all of the people of the world for your participation. (Note: the company that sponsors the online petition have an unscrupulous tactic of asking for money at the end of your posting. If you do not want to donate to that firm, your posting will still be listed, so there is no need to try again as you will be listed each time you try. Sorry for this inconvenience). Link:

This how the petition reads:

ROTINONHSONNION:WE INTERNATIONAL PETITION

TO: MME. MICHAELLE JEAN, GOVERNOR GENERAL OF CANADA (mail),
And MR. GEORGE BUSH, PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES (mail).

FROM: THE ROTINONHSONNION:WE/SIX NATIONS CONFEDERACY, OUR FRIENDS, ALLIES AND SUPPORTERS

REGARDING: THE ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF OUR INDIGENOUS LAND ON TURTLE ISLAND NORTH

WE OBJECT TO:

  • 1. THE INVASION AND OCCUPATION OF TURTLE ISLAND NORTH BY COLONIAL
    GOVERNMENTS AND THEIR CORPORATE ENTITIES;
  • 2. THEIR VIOLATION OF THE NATURAL RIGHTEOUSNESS EMBODIED IN THE
    KIANEREHKOWA, OUR GREAT LAW OF PEACE; AND THEIR ONGOING AGGRESSION AGAINST NATURE;
  • 3. THE VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAWS;
  • 4. THE CRIMINALIZATION OF OUR PEOPLE WHO PROTECT OUR LAWS, LANDS AND PEOPLE.

DATE: November 16, 2006

  • WHEREAS, UN Resolution 1514 affirmed independence of Indigenous people and that colonial practices violate international law. UNTS 1021 condemns colonial states that force assimilation policies on us which constitutes genocide. [The Mabo case in Australia];
  • WHEREAS the Noongar Aborigines of Australia were affirmed on September 21, 2006, as holding title to Western Australia in Bennell v. State of Western Australia, by proving they continue to exist and are still part of the land;
  • WHEREAS the UN Charter requires that its members cannot use armed force to resolve international differences;
  • WHEREAS these colonial states must respect the political rights of the People as set out in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
  • WHEREAS General Assembly Resolution 1541 (XV) requires the informed consent of a people before they are included in another state [Western Sahara case];
  • WHEREAS the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination found on March 6, 2006 that the United States was denying the Western Shoshone people “their rights to own, develop, control and use their land and resources”;
  • WHEREAS international law rejects colonial encroachment on our land; that our land cannot be developed without consultation with us and our consent; and our perspectives cannot be ignored.

WE, THE ROTINONHSONNION:WE, wish to end the breach of the peace that is being inflicted upon us:

  • a). Our governance is based on relations of equality and mutual respect as affirmed by the Kaianereh’ko:wa, our Great Law of Peace. Our relationship with the colonists is based on the Guswentah, the Two Row Wampum. We agreed to travel on different paths on the same river without interfering with each other.
  • b). We are the trustees of our land for the future generations of our People and cannot be alienated. Colonial states have removed many of us to exploit our resources.
  • c). Colonial states have failed to respect their promises to protect us from their encroachment. Squatters illegally occupy our land, steal our resources and poison our land, water and air almost beyond repair. Corporate government, entities and agendas have been illegally imposed on us.
  • d). We took our issues with Canada to the League of Nations. In 1923 the Six Nations Confederacy from Grand River sent Deskaheh to apply for membership and was denied a hearing. His mistreatment set a precedent for colonial states to ignore the sovereignty of Indigenous nations worldwide upon whose land colonial states
    have imposed themselves. We have been silenced and denied our rightful place as equals with all other nations in the world.
  • e). Their justice system functions to keep the stolen property, to continue the theft and to undermine us. No third party can be neutral in mediating the disputes between the colonizers and their victims.
  • f). Returning to the principles of natural righteousness can attain peace and equity and return our ecosystem to a healthy state.

WE, THE ROTINONHSONNION:WE, AND OUR SUPPORTERS, WISH TO PROTECT OUR PHYSICAL INTEGRITY AND OUR LEGAL RIGHTS THROUGH PEACEFUL MEANS:

  • 1.That colonial states uphold freedom, justice and peace including our inherent right of self-determination. They cannot force their laws on us without our fully informed consent and consensus of the majority of our people.
  • 2. That our land belongs to the faces yet unborn. We maintain our stewardship so our children will be born free from bondage.
  • 3. That we be dealt with on a nation-to-nation basis. Colonial states cannot deal through their unlawfully imposed corporate puppets backed by armed threats [band and tribal councils]. We have a right to exist. Creation gave us the natural
    instinct and will to survive.
  • 4. The “rule of law” comes from Creation. It encompasses all that is good for humanity, that of being one mind based on natural righteousness. To create peace we must live in balance with the natural world, according to our own teachings, direction, language and culture. Foreigners to Turtle Island must respect the Indigenous law of our land. They cannot legislate over or judge us.
  • 5. Colonial states cannot criminalize us for upholding our obligations. We have an inherent right to preserve our land for our coming generations. Our acts have been defensive and peaceful.
  • 6. Colonists came here to escape atrocities. They now commit these against us, eroding and destroying everything that helped us to survive. We wish to return to all that has sustained us.
  • 7. We have a right to live a healthful and meaningful life. We can conserve the biological and cultural diversity of our ecosystem so that our children and people shall not suffer.

WE, THE ROTINONHSONNION:WE, insist that all our lands, right and possessions be restored to us. For 500 years we resisted colonial efforts to do away with us and impose their unnatural institutions on us. The colonizers need to develop a peaceful relationship with us according to the principles of the Two Row Wampum agreement, that they remain on their ship and not steer our canoe. The formula to peace is the Kaianereh’ko:wa, which was meant for everyone. To develop humanity and sustain life we must all come together as one with our environment. (poster: Thahoketoteh).

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