Finding the Ways of the Ancestors
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The Mohawk People of the Kahnawake Nation have a history of being at the centre of things, whether in balancing the interests of French and British in the colonial context, or more recently in the rising activism of Native Nations within Canada against the continued imposition of Canadian law. The Turtle clan, as the Firekeepers of the Mohawk Nation, are those who carry the responsibility for calling government councils and overseeing their content and proceedings, and they would perform the same function with the Longhouse justice system. Like many other legal systems, the Longhouse justice system is prefaced by a level of informal dispute resolution, wherein parties to a dispute attempt to resolve their differences amongst themselves or with the assistance of an unofficial mediator. Whether settled privately or within the Longhouse, the pivotal condition or resolution is the satisfaction of all parties regarding its equity and propriety.