Harvest season is beginning and the Supporters of Haudenosaunee Right to Hunt welcome you to a new year of solidarity with the Haudenosaunee Wildlife and Habitat Authority. Last year was a shining example of how settlers and Indigenous people can work together to recognize Treaty Rights and uphold Indigenous Human Rights. We are very proud of the peacebuilding that we achieved together. As we continue our work, we invite members of the community to join us in our activities and in showing support to the Harvesters from 2:00 pm-6:30 pm each day of the harvest.
We as supporters are accountable to Haudenosaunee Habitat and Wildlife Authority, who have provided specific instructions on how they wish us to do this work. It is expected that supporters do not engage in any disrespectful manner with anti-hunt protesters. Please come with a positive attitude and peace on your mind and in your hearts.
Our solidarity work and approach are centred on educating others and following the Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace. If you as a supporter begin to feel triggered or upset, a Firekeeper with medicines and healing words will be present. There will also be a debrief at the end of each day to help us leave with a clear mind and spirit.
With peace and love in our hearts we can overcome hate.
I am so excited to see you all again this year.
Celeste Smith, Co-Organizer, Supporters of Haudenosaunee Right to Hunt