"The Great Treaty of Canandaigua" by Robert Griffing

Thursday, November 11th - Commemoration of 227th Anniversary of the Canandaigua Treaty

This year's 227th anniversary of the historic, federal Canandaigua Treaty of 1794 Commemoration will take place at 2 PM on the front lawn of the Ontario County Courthouse. The Commemoration will also be shared on Facebook Live. 

The annual commemoration serves to “polish the chain of peace and friendship” between the Hodinöhsö:ni’ (Six Nations Confederacy) and the young United States. The treaty was signed by Colonel Timothy Pickering—official agent of President George Washington—and sachems from the Six Nations Grand Council. It signified peace between the two and recognized the sovereignty of the other as distinct nations to govern and set their own laws

Canandaigua Treaty Day Commemoration:

Canandaigua Treaty Commemoration Ceremony will take place at 2:00 PM
on the Front Lawn of the Ontario County Courthouse. 

The Commemoration Portion of Treaty Day is Open to the Public. 

Commemoration Ceremony; G. Peter Jemison (Seneca), Ganondagan State Historic Site Manager, opens the commemoration ceremony with the traditional Thanksgiving Address. Hodinosohni’ leaders and other officials will be present, plus Quaker representatives whose ancestors—as people of peace—were witness to the original signing, ensuring fair negotiations. 

The Ceremony will also be streamed on Facebook Live

 Photo Credit: Alex Hamer Photography

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

Photo Credit: Alex Hamer Photography

Photo Credit: Gale Karpel

“Our rededication event is an important reminder to the U.S. that treaties are the supreme law of the land, and that this treaty continues to be valid and in effect,” said Peter Jemison (Seneca), Ganondagan State Historic Site manager.


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