Dan Longboat is a Turtle Clan member of the Mohawk Nation, from the Six Nations of the Grand River. He is a Professor of Indigenous Studies and the Director of the Indigenous Environmental Studies Program (which he designed and developed n 1996) at the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent University in Peterborough.
The program has grown from 30 to over 300 students and both the school and Dan bring together perspectives of Indigenous knowledge integrated with western science principles. Dan is celebrated for his Traditional Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse) knowledge and he teaches Mohawk culture and environmental studies at Trent.
Dan has both a Masters and a Ph.D. in environmental Studies from York University where his dissertation The Haudenosaunee Archipelago: The Nature and Necessity of Bio-Cultural Restoration and Revitalization won the Faculty of Graduate Studies prize in 2009.
Dan also acts as a cultural advisor and instructor for several programs at First Nations Technical Institute, several Ontario Colleges and Ryerson University focusing on human health and the environment, foods and medicines, natural resource restoration, community sustainability, international Indigenous networks, Indigenous languages, cultures and the recognition of traditional life skills and practices.
Note: Elder Albert Marshall welcomed the audience and acknowledged Mi'kmaw Territory. He is a highly respected and much loved Elder of the Mi’kmaw Nation and lives in Eskasoni First Nation in Unama'ki (Cape Breton), Nova Scotia, and is a passionate advocate of cross-cultural understandings and healing and of our human responsibilities to care for all creatures and our Earth Mother. Albert is a much sought after speaker locally, nationally, and internationally given his passion for and understanding of the Mi’kmaq culture and its ‘living knowledge’.
He is the “designated voice” with respect to environmental issues for the Mi’kmaw Elders of Unama’ki and it was Albert who brought forward Etuaptmumk / Two-Eyed Seeing as a Guiding Principle for Integrative Science and encourages its awareness across Canada and beyond.
In addition to Two-Eyed Seeing, Albert is a passionate advocate of Netukulimk, which involves inter-relativenss, co-existence, interconnectiveness, and community spirit. Albert was an inmate of the Indian Residential School in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, for much of his childhood and teenage years. He was profoundly affected by this experience and it has led him on a lifelong quest to connect with and understand both the culture he was removed from, and the culture he was forced into ... and to help these cultures find ways to live in mutual respect of each other’s strengths and ways.