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218th Anniversary of Canandaigua Treaty

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Rochester: 218th Anniversary of Canandaigua Treaty
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An annual observance Sunday afternoon in Ontario County remembered a peace
treaty signed more than two centuries ago.

A treaty was signed in Canandaigua in November of 1794 between the United States and the Six Nations Confederacy.

Every year a re-dedication is held for the treaty with a parade led to the county courthouse where the treaty was read aloud.

"That treaty entails a recognition of the sovereignty of the people of the Six Nations, of our individual nations," said event coordinator Peter Jemison. "And, it recognizes that these territories were ours originally and that the only way these territories could be taken from us was by our consent and when and if we decide to do that, but we are dedicated to existing here as long as the earth is green and as long as the sun rises."

Afterwards, a pot luck dinner and an arts and crafts sale were held. This is the 218th anniversary of the treaty signing.

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