Mission de Paix 2012

La Mission de Paix sur le fleuve Saint-Laurent 2012

Mission accomplie

Mission de Paix sur le fleuve Saint-Laurent 2012, de Kahnawake à Québec
Pour porter le message du Wampum à Deux Voies aux Gens le long du chemin


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Le 1er juillet 2012, pour la cinquième année, un groupe de vingt-sept hommes et femmes, Mohawks et Québécoises, se sont embarqués dans une mission de Paix de dix jours de Kahnawake jusqu’à la ville de Québec, pour revenir à l’équilibre entre le féminin et le masculin.

Le premier tronçon de notre voyage, de Kahnawake à Montréal, a été la partie la plus ardue du périple. À la hauteur des rapides de Lachine et des eaux près du Vieux Port de Montréal, un « trou » dans l’eau crée un tourbillon qui peut facilement renverser un canot, même avec des rameurs expérimentés.
Or, le fleuve lui-même n’est pas dangereux, mais un vrai danger se présente et est beaucoup plus inquiétant que des rapides ou un tourbillon. Par contre, c'est le désordre des niveaux d’eau en amont du fleuve et jusqu’aux Grands Lacs, notre plus grande menace.

                                                            Photo du journal de Montréal, mardi 3 juillet 2012

Le drainage des Lacs par les États-Unis et le Canada, la présence de paquebots étrangers qui remplissent leurs réserves en prenant notre eau, l’usage industriel démesuré, la surconsommation par une population qui prend une expansion alarmante et qui retient même l’eau de façon illégale à travers une série de systèmes de barrages, tout cela contribue à faire baisser les niveaux d’eau d’approximativement trois pieds.
Cela a exposé le bas de nos canots à des rochers qui se trouvent maintenant à de faibles profondeurs. La baisse du niveau d’eau signifie aussi que les rapides sont maintenant plus abrupts, ce qui rend la navigation plus hasardeuse. Les zones qui étaient faciles de passage auparavant sont maintenant susceptibles de causer de sérieux dommages à notre canot.

Nous avons perdu notre « Rabaska » à dix personnes, lequel s’est fracassé contre les rochers là où la voie à travers les rapides était toujours la plus facile, laissant cinq Kahnawakeronon et cinq Québécoises bloqués dans les rapides pendant environ une heure. Heureusement, un aéroglisseur de la Garde Côtière était justement en transit entre Beauharnois à Trois-Rivières quand son équipage, averti de la situation, est venu à la rescousse de cinq enfants et cinq adultes de notre canot et des dix autres personnes de notre canot soeur qui a également calé dans les rapides.
Ce qui concerne tous les gens tout le long du Saint-Laurent, est la raison pour laquelle l’accident s’est produit. Le faible niveau d’eau entraîne plusieurs problèmes tels que le réchauffement des eaux, la perte de l’habitat et des lieux de reproduction des poissons, donc moins de poissons, moins d’oiseaux marins, plus d’insectes et de maladies infectieuses, un accès restreint aux voies navigables, moins d’eau pour nous et plusieurs coûts inaperçus auparavant, incluant la perte de vies humaines, etc.
Fracasser nos canots et chavirer dans les rapides au cours de la première heure d’un périple de dix jours ne nous a pas empêchés de continuer. Seulement deux personnes ont été découragées dans leur mission et ont décidé d’abandonner le voyage. Les autres ont continué avec trois canots plus petits du Conseil Traditionnel Mohawk.
Le voyage était trop important pour abandonner : chaque année, la mission est de « faire un pont entre les cultures autochtones et non-autochtones », en présentant le Wampum à Deux Voies et sa connaissance du monde. La Mission de Paix est beaucoup plus qu’une expédition de camping de dix jours. Nous sortons pour renouveler les protocoles du Wampum à Deux Voies en renforçant d’abord nos amitiés avec les merveilleuses personnes rencontrées au cours du voyage, afin que nous puissions trouver notre humanité commune tous ensemble. Le respect renouvelé entre les uns et les autres va nous permettre de nous tenir debout devant le « grand mal » qui survient sur notre Mère Terre.
Il est de l’avis du Conseil Traditionnel Mohawk que seulement dans cette partie du monde qu’on nomme le Québec, les gens ont une « chance pacifique » de se séparer de l’inhumanité et de ramener notre vraie humanité pour faire les corrections spirituelles, sociales et politiques nécessaires pour enlever cette grande noirceur de notre mère.
Cependant, cela peut seulement être fait selon les protocoles du Wampum à Deux Voies, en unissant à nouveau les autochtones et non-autochtones de la façon appropriée, tel que ce territoire le requiert et l’attend depuis quelques centaines d’années. Nous avons tellement à apprendre, tellement à nous offrir, et la force de nos identités dans le respect de l’autre est la seule chose qui peut changer le monde. Ceci fut accompli une fois il y a plus de deux mille ans sur ce territoire, arrêtant la guerre des hommes et apportant l’Autorité matrilinéaire et la paix sur le territoire. Ce fut répété à nouveau il y a plus de quatre cent ans, mais seulement de façon temporaire dû à la duperie de la domination masculine. Il est grand temps pour nous de retrouver enfin notre humanité et de réparer ce que nous avons brisé!

Ce voyage se termine avec la plantation d’un arbre symbolisant la paix sur les Plaines d’Abraham à Québec le 10 juillet 2012, avec l’objectif d’enlever les mémoires de guerre qui laissent leurs cicatrices sur nous et les remplacer par des mémoires de paix qui vont bénéficier à toutes les futures générations.
La Mission de Paix continue à tous les jours et nous emmène vers d’autres merveilleuses rivières et vers d’autres merveilleuses personnes. Nous remercions tous les gens qui nous enseignent en cours de route et qui supportent la cause de la paix et nous vous demandons de vous joindre à nous, « car le besoin de paix ne vieillit jamais » - Tekanawita, Grand Pacificateur de la Confédération des Cinq Nations. 

Stuart Miyow
www.mohawktraditionalcouncil.org  



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La vérité et la réconciliation véritable demandent des gestes concrets pour réparer les liens brisés avec le passé. La Nation Québécoise renoue avec la Nation Mohawk. Un arbre a été planté le 10 juillet 2012 sur les Plaines d'Abraham.  




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Mission de Paix à Québec 2012


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The 2012 Saint-Lawrence river Peace Mission

Mission accomplished

 Peace Mission 2012 down the St Lawrence, Kahnawake to Quebec City
Bringing the message of the Two Row Wampum to the People along the way

On July 1, 2012, for the fifth year, a group of twenty-seven Mohawk and Quebecoise women and men embarked on a ten day mission of Peace from Kahnawake to Quebec City to return the balance between the female and male.
The first leg of our journey, from Kahnawake to Montreal is the roughest part of the trip, the Lachine rapids and the waters near the Old Port of Montreal, where a “hole” in the water creating a “whirlpool” can easily flip a canoe, even with experienced paddlers.
However, the river itself is not dangerous, instead the true danger comes from further up the river in something far more sinister than rapids or a whirlpool. Instead, the disruption of the water levels further upstream all the way to the Great Lakes, was our greatest threat.
From the draining of the Lakes by both the United States and Canada, to things such as foreign vessels filling-up and taking our water, over industrial use, overconsumption by outrageously expanding populations and even illegally holding back the volume of water through a series of lock systems, all contributed to the water levels dropping approximately three feet.
This exposed the bottom of our canoes to rocks that were now at very shallow depths. The low water level also meant that the small water fall areas were now higher, making passage very tricky. Areas that were easy to pass before would now cause serious damage to our canoe.
We lost our ten persons “Rabaska” canoe, smashed up against the rocks on what was always the easiest passable path through the rapids, leaving five Kahnawakeronon and five Quebecoise stranded in the rapids for over an hour. Luckily, a hovercraft Coast Guard vessel just happened to be in transit from Beauharnois to Three Rivers when it's crew was hailed and successfully rescued five children and five adults from our canoe and ten others from our sister canoe that also went aground and in the rapids.
What does concern all people along the St Lawrence, is the reason why we ran aground. The lower water level translates into many negative issues such as warmer waters, loss of fish habitat and spawning grounds, less fish, less water fowl, more insects and infectious diseases, harder or less access to waterways, less water for us and many unseen costs to humans, including loss of life etc.
Smashing our canoes and capsizing in the rapids within the first hour of a ten day trip however, did not stop us from continuing. Only two people were dissuaded upon their mission and had decided to leave the journey. The remainder continued with three smaller canoes from the Mohawk Traditional Council.
The journey was too important to abandon, every year the mission is “to bridge the Native and Non-Native cultures”, by extending the Two Row Wampum and its world knowledge. The Peace Mission is much more than a mere ten day camping trip. We are out to renew the protocols of the Two Row Wampum by first strengthening our friendships with the beautiful people along the journey, so that we may find our common humanity together. The newfound respect for each other will enable us to successfully stand together against the “great wrong” that is happening to our Mother Earth.
It is the view of the Mohawk Traditional Council, that only here in this part of the world known as Quebec, do the people have a “peaceful chance” to separate from the inhumanity and bring our true humanity back to make the spiritual, social and political corrections necessary to remove this great blackness from our mother.
However, this can only be done under the protocols of the Two Row Wampum, by bringing the Native and the Non-Native peoples together in the proper way that this land has needed and waited for the past couple of hundred years. We have so much to learn, so much to offer one another, the strength of our identities respecting each other is the only thing that can change the world. It was done once over two thousand years ago upon this land, stopping the warring of men and brought Matrilineal Authority and peace to the land. It happened again almost four hundred years ago, but only temporarily due to the deceit of male dominance. It is long overdue for us to finally get our humanity together and fix what we have broken!
The journey ends with the planting of a tree symbolizing peace on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City on July 10, 2012, for the purpose of removing the memories of war that scar us throughout time and replace it with memories of peace that will benefit all future generations.
The Peace Mission continues everyday taking us to other beautiful rivers and to other beautiful people.
We thank all the people who teach us along the way and who support the cause of peace and we ask you to join us, “for the need of peace shall never grow old” Tekanawita, Peacemaker of the Five Nations Confederacy. 

Stuart Myiow
www.mohawktraditionalcouncil.org  



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The honest truth and the reconciliation demand concrete gestures to repare the broken links with the past. The Québécoise Nation has renewed its link with and the Mohawk Nation. A tree has been planted on july 10th, 2012, on the Plaines of Abraham.  




Peace Mission boat trek carries on after canoes capsize in St. Lawrence River

 
 
By Monique Muise and Laura Beeston, The Gazette July 2, 2012


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MONTREAL - A 10-day Peace Mission along the St. Lawrence River designed to draw attention to environmental issues got off to a not-so-peaceful start on Monday as canoes carrying 20 people and their supplies capsized in rapids about an hour outside of Montreal.

No one was seriously injured in the accident, but the coast guard was called in to help get everyone to shore and retrieve all of their belongings from the chilly waters near the community of Ste. Catherine, located on the South Shore.

One of the Peace Mission participants, Sylvie Deschênes, was swept nearly one kilometre from where her canoe tipped by the strong rapids, but was eventually pulled to safety.

“The water looked like it was pretty low as they shoved off this morning,” said Stone Iwaasa, a spokesperson for the Mohawk Traditional Council, which helped organize the trip. “That means you’re dealing with a heck of a lot of rocks.”

One of the boats was damaged beyond repair, he added, and organizers had no choice but to send that canoe and its occupants back to the trip’s starting point in the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory.

“It got a little hole in it to begin with, but they couldn’t get it unstuck from the rocks, so the water just broke it apart,” he explained. “These things happen. There were a few bumps, but no cuts. The main thing is that everybody is safe.”

The second canoe, meanwhile, was expected to dock in Montreal’s Old Port late Monday afternoon – albeit a few hours behind schedule.

During a short rain storm that poured down on the Old Port, Angela F-Gramlich and Francine Payer sang an Algonquin water song while waiting for the delayed convoy. They were among the handful of people who came to see the first leg of the canoe trip dock in Montreal.

Payer, who was invited from Ottawa to perform a water ceremony and blessing before the ill-fated canoes set off, held her drum to the sun and beat it loudly when the first signs of the water craft, and the 10 people left aboard it, were finally seen.

“This was wild,” said Christine Dupuis, as she got on land. “This was our first day, so we aren’t really coordinated yet. It can only get better from here.

“Trips like these are about more than a river, it was a human being experience. We have to learn from each other, and learn from this. I’m not sure we were prepared enough, but I’ll keep going.”

The Peace Mission on the St. Lawrence River, now in its fifth year, is a 10-day trek by boat from Kahnawake to Quebec City. Two teams of 10 people travel in canoes and stop each night at various points along the historic waterway. They are accompanied by a lead boat, two land-based vehicles that help carry food and other overnight supplies along the route.

The mission’s goals are simple; to foster native and non-native community relations and to draw attention to various man-made threats to the natural environment. The participants include natives, non-natives, environmentalists, elders and even some children.

In the past, the mission has attracted paddlers from as far away as the Middle East and Guatemala.

Family members and friends waiting to welcome the mission participants in the Old Port on Monday began to suspect something had gone wrong when the canoes didn’t appear on the horizon as scheduled at 1 p.m. A quick call to a cellphone confirmed those suspicions, and there was palpable relief when they were told no one had been hurt when the boats flipped.

“These things have happened before, just not to this extent,” Iwaasa said. “This is where people’s spirits get tested, and that’s where identity begins to take shape. These things happen for a reason.”

Deschênes, who was shaky but feeling fine as she got out of the canoe, agreed. “The spirit of the team is very important,” she said. “It takes a bit of strength, and a lot of strength from the entire group. I’ve got stories from today that I will tell (for a long time to come),” she added, laughing.

With files from Laura Beeston of the gazette

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