Commemoration of 222nd Anniversary of the Canandaigua Treaty 

The Treaty of Canandaigua was signed by the Grand Council of the Iroquois confederacy, (Haudenosaunee), and Timothy Pickery, official agent of President George Washington. Signed November 11th 1794 in Canadaigua, NY. There were 1600 representatives from the Haudenosaunee as well as Quaker observers who could read English and aid the Haudenosaunee.

Canandaigua Treaty Commemoration Schedule
(free and open to the public)

10:30 am - 5 pm

Native American art and craft sale at the Primary School gym

1:30 pm

Walk from Canandaigua Primary School (96 W. Gibson St.) 
to Ontario County Courthouse (27 N. Main St.)


2:00 pm

Commemoration Ceremony, front lawn of Ontario County Courthouse 

6:00 pm 

Keynote Speaker, Alex Hamer (Oneida)

Photographer for Indian Country Today, Hamer will narate his “Photos from Standing Rock: Documenting the Dakota Access Pipeline Water Protectors.” Hamer has made two trips to the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota to support the water protectors protesting the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline through their lands and their only source of clean water. Hamer’s photos bring a perspective from the campsite during his visits in August and September.

Also presenting, Doug George (Mohawk)

 Doug George will be speaking about the White Pine Tree of Peace planted at Cohoes Falls to mark the return of the Mohawk people to a one of their Sacred sites. 

Canandaigua Primary School Auditorium 

Much has changed in the 222 years since the signing of the Canandaigua Treaty of 1794, but its commemoration of peace and friendship between the Six Nations Confederacy (Haudenosaunee) and the United States still is recognized today.

On November 11, 2016, as has been the annual tradition, members of the Six Nations and the United States government gather on the front lawn of the courthouse in Canandaigua, New York to commemorate this seminal federal treaty.

About the Canandaigua Treaty

The Canandaigua Treaty brought about peace between the Six Nations (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora) and the U.S., and was negotiated and signed by sachems representing the Grand Council of the Six Nations and Colonel Timothy Pickering, the official agent of George Washington.

It also recognized the sovereignty of the Six Nations to govern and set laws as individual nations. This yearly commemoration is a time of rededication of the agreement, helping to ensure that the "chain of friendship" and agreements between nations remain current and vibrant.

Learn more on our Canandaigua Treaty page

Commemoration of the Canandaigua Treaty Events

The commemoration of the Canandaigua Treaty will take place on November 11 at 2 p.m. 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. All activities (unless specified) take place at the Canandaigua Primary School, 96 W. Gibson Street, Canandaigua, New York. Admission is free and open to the public.


A big part of being able to hold any of our events is the generous support and efforts of our volunteers. We have a wide range of activities we need help with. Whether you would like to help for an hour or all day, we would be happy to have your help! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at:


Read the press release for this event. November 7, 2014,  - Press Release: Smithsonian Exhibit Featuring 1794 Canandaigua Treaty Prompts Historic Meeting Between Haudenosaunee and Obama Administration

This event is made possible by the generous support of Rochester Area Community Foundation.