Mohawk University Drivers Program

Published on September 12, 2023 by Secretary General

Grand River Country

Dear Members of the Public and Residents,

I hope this letter finds you well and thriving in our vibrant community. It is with great pleasure that I share some important updates from Mohawk University regarding our commitment to responsible and safe driving within our ancestral lands.

Introducing the Mohawk University Drivers Program:

At Mohawk University, we recognize that responsible driving is not just about rules and regulations; it’s a reflection of our values, heritage, and commitment to our environment. That’s why we are proud to introduce the Mohawk University Drivers Program.

As part of our commitment to this program, we have already taken proactive steps to inform and advise all Members of Parliament (MPs) along the Grand River about our aspirations and objectives. We have also reached out to the Ministry of Transportation and the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police for the Solicitor General of Ontario to seek their support and collaboration in this important endeavor.

This program is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills required for responsible and safe navigation of our ancestral lands. It goes beyond traditional driving education to encompass the unique cultural and environmental aspects of our territory. Participants learn to navigate challenging terrains, respect the traditions of the Mohawk Nation, engage in environmental stewardship, and prepare for emergencies within our territory.

Program Highlights

  • Gain comprehensive knowledge of our unique cultural and environmental heritage.
  • Master safe and responsible driving practices on our challenging terrains.
  • Show respect for the rights and traditions of the Mohawk Nation.
  • Engage in environmental stewardship and conservation efforts.
  • Develop crisis management skills for emergencies within our territory.

Your Resident Card and Driving on Grand River Lands:

To enhance your driving experience on Grand River Lands, your Certificate of Completion, along with your Resident Card, will serve as proof of your qualifications. It’s not just a certificate; it’s a symbol of your commitment to responsible and safe driving in our community.

Drivers Program Certificates:

Upon successful completion of the program, participants are awarded the prestigious Mohawk University Drivers Program Certificate. This certificate serves as a testament to their dedication to responsible driving practices within our community. It also recognizes their commitment to the preservation of our cultural heritage and the protection of our way of life.

Drivers Operating Under the HaldimandProclamation with Nationalized Plates:

Nationalized plates are a distinctive and meaningful way for our community members to express their cultural pride and commitment to our heritage. These nationalized plates feature unique designs and symbols that reflect our rich history and deep-rooted traditions. They serve as a powerful symbol of our unity and identity, reinforcing our shared values and connection to our ancestral lands. By proudly displaying these plates, our community members not only showcase their affiliation with Mohawk University but also raise awareness about the significance of our culture and the importance of preserving our way of life. These nationalized plates are more than just a decoration on vehicles; they are a testament to our collective strength and dedication to our community.

Potential Risks for Those Not Covered Under the Treaty:

While we celebrate the achievements of our program participants, it is important to acknowledge that responsible driving within our ancestral lands is not only a privilege but also a responsibility under the treaty. Those not covered under the treaty may encounter risks and challenges when navigating our territory, which could include legal disputes, protests, insurance claims, or land claims.

We encourage all members of the public who intend to drive within the Grand River Country to consider participating in the Mohawk University Drivers Program. This program not only equips you with the necessary skills but also fosters a deeper understanding and respect for our community, culture, and environment.

For more information about the Mohawk University Drivers Program or to enroll, please visit our website or contact our program coordinators.

We extend our warmest regards to all members of our community and look forward to safer and more responsible driving within our ancestral lands.


Mohawk University


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