A delegation of Mohawks travelled to Bolivia last month to take part in an environmental conference. Their trip has now turned into an exercise in self-determination and a fight for Indigenous rights. And their ten-day trip has turned into 29 days.
They travelled to Bolivia as the Mohawk Delegation for the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth and they travelled on the Haudenosaunee Passport. Prior to their trip, the delegation went to the Bolivian Embassy in Ottawa to get visas to be able travel to Bolivia on their passports.
As they left on April 16 from the Toronto airport, the representative from Taca Airlines did not know what to do with their passports because it was the first time this airline saw the Haudenosaunee Passport.
The Mohawk delegation was allowed to board their flight – which took them from Toronto to El Salvador to Lima, Peru to Bolivia. But getting back into Canada have been a different matter.