What is the Joint Stewardship Board?
In 2002 the City of Hamilton and the Six Nations community came together in a number of agreements intended to preserve the Haudenosaunee interest in the Red Hill Valley with the onset of the construction for the Red Hill Valley parkway. The intent of the agreements was to foster long-term relationships and to create a plan for the Valley that reflects the best thinking of both peoples.
Under the Joint Stewardship Agreement, the Joint Stewardship Board was formed. Comprised of equal representation from the City of Hamilton and the Haudenosaunee, it is the Board’s responsibility to ensure cooperation and successful continuation of the environmental management plans for the Red Hill Valley. Haudenosaunee—Hamilton Red Hill Agreements
The Board is guided by the collaborative framework established through a series of agreements between the City of Hamilton and the Haudenosaunee:
- Agreement About Facilitated Negotiations, September 19, 2003
- Agreement Concerning Respect for and Protection of Human Burials in the Red Hill Creek Valley and Assurances Concerning Archaeological Work in the Red
- Hill Creek Valley, October 22, 2003
- General Agreement, November 17, 2003
- Agreement About Hunting, Fishing, Trapping and Gathering, November 17, 2003
- Agreement on Tolls, November 17, 2003
- Joint Stewardship Agreement, December 18, 2003 (ratified 2005) Agreement on Medicine Plants and Other Significant Plants, December 18, 2003
- Agreement on Economic Opportunities in the Red Hill Valley, January 9, 2004
- Agreement Respecting the Human Heritage of the Red Hill Valley, January 9, 2004