Why Write to the King?, Clarifying Our Goals for Mohawk University

Published on September 21, 2023 by Secretary General

Greetings, readers of Mohawk University’s blog! Today, we want to address a question that has arisen within our community and beyond: Why are we considering writing to the King? We understand that some may find this puzzling or even controversial, so we want to clarify our goals and intentions.

First and foremost, it’s essential to recognize that our decision to communicate with the King is rooted in the historical and sacred alliance that dates back centuries. As Mohawks, we’ve maintained a unique relationship with the British Crown, forged through mutual respect and cooperation. This relationship is symbolized by the Unity of the Empire (UE) title, which we and the King both hold.

This alliance is the foundation upon which Canadian rights to our lands are based. It’s a continuous thread that runs through history, connecting our origins as a source of authority with the Crown’s role in recognizing and upholding our rights.

The King, like us, has a responsibility for the continuity of law and sovereignty. This shared commitment to upholding our traditions, culture, and rights forms the foundation of our communication. It’s not about seeking approval but rather reaffirming our partnership’s significance in protecting our ancestral lands, cultural heritage, and exclusive use and enjoyment rights.

We acknowledge that there may be skepticism surrounding the King’s role, given the application of Canadian laws on our lands. However, our goal is to engage in a dialogue that reminds the Crown of its responsibilities and to explore avenues where the partnership can be instrumental in safeguarding our rights.

By reaching out to the King, we seek to foster a renewed understanding and respect for the Haldimand Proclamation of 1784, a cornerstone of our sovereignty. It’s not about compromising our stance or surrendering our rights but strengthening our position through dialogue, collaboration, and the honoring of past commitments.

In the end, it is a demonstration of our determination to protect what is rightfully ours and to ensure that the laws and policies that affect us respect our unique position within the Canadian nation. Writing to the King is a call to honor the promises of the past and to forge a path forward that preserves our heritage for generations to come.

Thank you for your continued support and interest in the initiatives of Mohawk University. Together, we can work towards a future where our rights and heritage are preserved and respected.

Stay tuned for more updates and insights on our journey towards cultural preservation and community empowerment.

Yours in unity and solidarity,

Mohawk University,
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