Impacts of Industrial and Resource Development on the Wholistic Health of Akwesasronon: A Human Responsibility/Rights Solution

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This dissertation demonstrates how wholistic health of the Akwesasronon is directly connected to the Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen (Thanksgiving Address), which reflects the healthy relationships and connection between all living things including human beings and the natural world. Using a Haudenosaunee Research Methodology with Community Based Participatory Action Research methodologies, including Photovoice with Akwesasne community members and interviews with Knowledge Holders, I show how wholistic health includes healthy relationships and connections with self, family, community, Mother Earth, The Waters, The Fish Life, The Food Plants, The Medicine Herbs, The Animals, The Trees, and finally, the Four Winds, the Thunderers, the Sun and the Moon, the Stars and Our Teachers (all aspects acknowledged in Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen). I also argue that wholistic healthiness of Akwesasronon is protected through the practices of Haudenosaunee laws.