"The Great Treaty of Canandaigua" by Robert Griffing

Commemoration of 223rd Anniversary of the Canandaigua Treaty

The Treaty of Canandaigua was signed by the Grand Council of the Iroquois confederacy, (Haudenosaunee), and Timothy Pickering, 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. Much has changed in the 223 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.

Schedule & Location

The commemoration of the Canandaigua Treaty will take place on November 11 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.  

This event is Free and open to the public

Schedule of Events Details to follow

Native American Arts & Craft Sale (gymnasium) - 11 am - 6 pm

Parade from Canandaigua Primary School to Courthouse (parking lot) - 1:30 pm

Commemoration Ceremony, Ontario County Court House lawn - 2 pm

Keynote Speaker: Douglas M. George-Kanentiio (Mohawk) speaking on "The Influence of Women in Iroquois History from the American Revolution to Current Times" (auditorium) - 6 pm

Iroquois Social Dancing (gymnasium) - 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm 

Unless otherwise specified, all activities take place at the Canandaigua Primary School, 96 W. Gibson Street, Canandaigua, NY

 Photo Credit: Alex Hamer Photography

Photo Credit: Alex Hamer Photography

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

Haudenosaunee White House Meeting

On February 22, 2016, Haudenosaunee leaders met with U.S. officials at the White House in Washington, DC to commemorate and formally acknowledge the Canandaigua Treaty. The treaty was signed on November 11, 1794, and ratified by President George Washington on February 21, 1795, 300 years and one day before this historic meeting. Please open this link to read the text of the treaty:

Filmed and edited by Gwendolen Cates

Film & Text above by Gwendolyn Cates 

Educator Days

This year's Canandaigua Treaty Commemoration is a part of our Educator Days at Ganondagan series. Please check-in at the Educator table in order to receive teacher resources on the Canandaigua Treaty.


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 sign up using the link. If you have any questions about volunteering please contact .

This event was made possible by the generous support of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, Seneca Nation of Indians, and the Mohawk Nation Council