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From Peace and Unity

Written by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte

The Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory flag is an emblem of peace and unity and draws attention to the importance of civic affairs.

The Tyendinaga flag depicts a silver chain and circle enveloping an eagle. The colours of our flag are the colours of wampum beads–the white is an emblem of peace, and the purple an emblem of civic affairs.

The eagle watches over the nation and warns of danger, and the silver chain represents the relationship between the Haudenosaunee and Europeans. This relationship is strong, pure and untarnished, like a silver chain.

But it’s important to polish the chain continuously to keep it purified. This symbolizes the need for dialogue between the Mohawk nation and other governments to maintain healthy relationships.

Lastly, the circle symbolizes the Great Peace and Great Law established by the Five Nations of the Haudenosaunee.

Derived from the beaded wampum belt. The beads were made of two different shells: the purple quahog and the white welk shell.

Said to be a messenger to the Creator, the eagle is the protector of peace. Because of his ability to see far, the Peacemaker placed him at the top of the Great Tree of Peace. If sees in the distance any evil approaching or any danger threatening, he will at once warn the Haudenosaunee, the People of the Confederacy.

Symbolizes the need for continuous dialogue between the Mohawk Nation and other governments to maintain the health of their relationship and to deal with current issues.

Represents unity, strength and the cycles of life.

This piece originally appeared in our 6th edition Discovery Guide.

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The Bay of Quinte RMB Land Acknowledgement

The Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board is committed to acknowledging, appreciating and understanding the Indigenous peoples’ historic connection to this land and to raising awareness by building relationships in collaboration with Indigenous partners and communities. 

We recognize and acknowledge that we are living and working on the traditional territory of the Wendat, Mississauga, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee which includes the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka (Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte) with whom we work in direct partnership with. 

This partnership focuses on the common goal of celebrating the region with the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka who are equal partners within the organization and at the Board of Directors table contributing to the mandate and operations.

This mandate includes listening to, learning from, and collaborating with the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka and actively incorporating their culture and heritage into the practice of responsible destination marketing and management of the region.

We understand that this land acknowledgement is only a small step towards the larger process of reparations and reconciliation.

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