Livestream: Practicing Peace for Climate Justice
March 14, 2019 –
Practicing Peace for Climate Justice: Haudenosaunee Knowledge in Global Context
Panel Event | Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 4:30 - 6:30 PM at Cornell
New book by one of the speakers, Kayenesenh Paul Williams, Esq., Onondaga, of Six Nations:
Kayanerenkó:wa: The Great Law of Peace (2018, Univ. of Manitoba Press)
Several centuries ago, the five nations that would become the Haudenosaunee—Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca—were locked in generations-long cycles of bloodshed.
When they established Kayanerenkó:wa, the Great Law of Peace, they not only resolved intractable conflicts, but also shaped a system of law and government that would maintain peace for generations to come.
This law remains in place today in Haudenosaunee communities: an Indigenous legal system, distinctive, complex, and principled.
It is not only a survivor, but a viable alternative to Euro-American systems of law.
With its emphasis on lasting relationships, respect for the natural world, building consensus, and on making and maintaining peace, it stands in contrast to legal systems based on property, resource exploitation, and majority rule.