Students and HWS staff march with community members at the 217th Commemoration of the Signing of the Treaty of Canandaigua this past Friday November 11, 2011. The treaty was agreed upon in the year 1794 by the Grand Council of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy and the first president of the United States George Washington. This Treaty established peace and friendship between the United States and the Six Nations after the Revolutionary War. It also affirmed Haudenosaunee land rights in the state, a well as the boundaries. It has also been cited by the Cayuga Indian Nation, and other tribes to support their claim to land.
November is also Native American History Month.
Several HWS students, staff and community members gathered yesterday, November 9, 2011 at the Fisher Center to discuss post disaster relief as seen from their points of view. Keith Tidball from Cornell University facilitated the conversation and spoke about the interactions between humans and nature and ways it can be turned into a positive action. Tidball spoke of “greening” as a concept people have been implementing into their communities, schools, etc. such as can be seen on service trips to New Orleans or Haiti after natural disasters, where people will go and plant trees for example. This not only is beneficial to the environment in terms of rebuilding, but can also help in aiding human interaction by providing a sense of place and community. Students who attended also spoke about their individual post disaster relief efforts and their thoughts about the successes and or failures of their efforts and what this means for future projects.