Fall Sessions 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 2:00pm


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Honoring the Commemoration of the 224th Anniversary of the Canandaigua Treaty at NYYM Fall Session


Dear Fall Sessions Participants:


As noted above, we are giving special attention to the Commemoration of the 224th Anniversary of the Canandaigua Treaty, celebrated every November 11th. We encourage all participants — especially our young Friends — to attend the commemoration events on Sunday.


We will prepare ourselves for the Sunday events with our Friday evening presentation, “Quakers, Indigenous Peoples and the Land” from 7:30-9:00 p.m.


Quakers served as witnesses to the Canandaigua Treaty of 1794, polishing the chain of friendship between the Iroquois and Quakers that dates back to 1682. After briefly outlining how greed for land in Pennsylvania and New York strained this friendship historically, Mattie Schmitt and Mike Farrell, of the Rochester Friends Meeting, and Michelle Schenandoah, JD & LL.M. (Oneida-Wolf Clan, thought leader, writer and consultant), will lead a discussion of how Quakers can be friends and allies of Indigenous peoples in the 21st century. Sponsored by 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse with support from NYYM Indian Affairs Committee, and by Rochester Friends Meeting.


On Saturday, the Youth Program will continue to explore the issues of being friends and allies through discussions, crafts, movies, and – just for fun! – a visit to the Strong Museum of Play, http://www.museumofplay.org/


On Sunday, the Children’s and Youth Programs will join up over breakfast and take a bus to Canandaigua.  The Seneca Art & Culture Center will be open.  The center fulfills a vision of a permanent, year-round interpretive facility at Ganondagan telling the story of the Seneca and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) contributions to art, culture and society for more than 2,000 years to the present day, saying “Our goal is to tell the world that we are not a people in the past tense. We live today. We have adapted to the modern world, but we still maintain our language, ceremonies, land base, government, lineages and culture. When you’re a native person, your story is often told by other people. Here, we tell our own story.”  Exhibit Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 9 am - 4:30 pm


Once the business of the Yearly Meeting concludes in Rochester, we encourage everyone to join us in Canandaigua!  Stay for as long as you can and enjoy the melding of hearts and minds. From the Commemoration site, http://ganondagan.org/events-programs/canandaigua-treaty-event


The commemoration of the Canandaigua Treaty will take place on Sunday, November 11th, on the front lawn of the Ontario County Court House on Main Street in Canandaigua, New York. Please join us for a time of Peace and Friendship to commemorate a very important Treaty between the people of the United States of America and the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people. This event is Free and open to the public 


Resources for this Session

Sessions Minute
Minutes, Fall Sessions 2018 12/04/2018