The River Strategy was founded in partnership by the River Institute and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Environment Program

 

Contact Information:

Emilie DeRochie

River Strategy Coordinator

ederochie@riverinstitute.ca

You can find more information about the River Strategy in the March 2023 Draft Framework.

 

What is the River Strategy?

The purpose of the Kahnekarónnion (River) Strategy Collective is to facilitate inclusive and equitable communication and collaboration along the Kaniatarowanenneh (Upper St. Lawrence River), its tributaries, and downstream regions.

To achieve increased communication and collaboration, the River Strategy Collective cultivates a community agreed-upon, value-informed space for people and organizations from across the region to gather, connect with each other, share knowledge and information, and identify opportunities to work together towards shared goals for the river.

Two Row Wampum 

A Kaswentha (Two Row Wampum) approach guides the River Strategy Collective. This approach means members of the Collective will work together in a way guided by the values of Peace, Friendship and Respect amongst diverse societies and knowledges. The Kaswentha is a treaty without paper or signatures; the Kaswentha graphically represents the parties of the agreement with rows of purple wampum, separated by white wampum. One purple row represents Dutch ships, while the other row represents Haudenosaunee canoes, while the separation symbolizes mutual respect for each parties’ autonomy in perpetuity. We call on this treaty imbued with valuable teachings of negotiating meaningful and respectful cooperation among Settler and Indigenous parties to care for each other and our non-human relatives. 

Through a Kaswentha approach, the River Strategy aims to ensure the cultivation of a safe and gentle space for diverse communities to connect in a meaningful participatory way with each other to build understanding in our shared liberation from oppressive systems and achieve our shared goal of a beautiful and healthy Kaniatarowanenneh (Upper St. Lawrence River) for all of creation. The aim is to work together honouring the Kaianere’kó:wa (Great Law of Peace), another powerful Haudenosaunee Agreement imbued with valuable teachings, which is based on the principles of peace, power and a good mind to promote a strong unity amongst all those invested in embodying the river strategy’s values. This teaching brokered a lasting peace and unity amongst the Haudenosaunee and we can hope that it will do the same of the River Strategy Collective. 

What is the River Strategy?

The purpose of the Kahnekarónnion (River) Strategy Collective is to facilitate inclusive and equitable communication and collaboration along the Kaniatarowanenneh (Upper St. Lawrence River), its tributaries, and downstream regions.

To achieve increased communication and collaboration, the River Strategy Collective cultivates a community agreed-upon, value-informed space for people and organizations from across the region to gather, connect with each other, share knowledge and information, and identify opportunities to work together towards shared goals for the river.

Two Row Wampum 

A Kaswentha (Two Row Wampum) approach guides the River Strategy Collective. This approach means members of the Collective will work together in a way guided by the values of Peace, Friendship and Respect amongst diverse societies and knowledges. The Kaswentha is a treaty without paper or signatures; the Kaswentha graphically represents the parties of the agreement with rows of purple wampum, separated by white wampum. One purple row represents Dutch ships, while the other row represents Haudenosaunee canoes, while the separation symbolizes mutual respect for each parties’ autonomy in perpetuity. We call on this treaty imbued with valuable teachings of negotiating meaningful and respectful cooperation among Settler and Indigenous parties to care for each other and our non-human relatives. 

Through a Kaswentha approach, the River Strategy aims to ensure the cultivation of a safe and gentle space for diverse communities to connect in a meaningful participatory way with each other to build understanding in our shared liberation from oppressive systems and achieve our shared goal of a beautiful and healthy Kaniatarowanenneh (Upper St. Lawrence River) for all of creation. The aim is to work together honouring the Kaianere’kó:wa (Great Law of Peace), another powerful Haudenosaunee Agreement imbued with valuable teachings, which is based on the principles of peace, power and a good mind to promote a strong unity amongst all those invested in embodying the river strategy’s values. This teaching brokered a lasting peace and unity amongst the Haudenosaunee and we can hope that it will do the same of the River Strategy Collective. 

Contact Information:

Emilie DeRochie

River Strategy Coordinator

ederochie@riverinstitute.ca

You can find more information about the River Strategy in the March 2023 Draft Framework.

 

The River Strategy was founded in partnership by the River Institute and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Environment Program