Sha'tekayenton "Andrew" Brant
Mohawk Hereditary Turtle Clan
For my entire life, I have lived the way of the Original people of Turtle Island. Making sure that traditions are observed, I took as many courses and classes as possible to ensure I was never swayed from being who I am supposed to be; even in my darkest days I knew in my heart I am a Turtle Clan man of the Kanyen’keha:ka. Before creating the Mohawk Student Council as a permanent fixture at Moira Secondary School (now East Side) in Belleville, to mimic what nation to nation decision making could look like I traveled with my grandmother.
Throughout our travels, she took me to places such as Kanatsiohareke in the Mohawk Valley, the traditional homeland of the Kanyen’keha:ka, where I was shown the journey of the Peacemaker. I stood in the place of Cohoes falls where he first came to deliver the message of Peace.
As I grew older, the teachings stuck with me and I became isolated in my own thoughts leading me down a dark road of addiction for the fear of sharing the knowledge that I had. Now as I have grown a little wiser I see I isolated myself due to past trauma, different fears, and resentment.
Dealing with personal issues for me and everyone else is the best way to move forward. For the original people it is difficult because we have been programmed to be ashamed, and I will not stand for that anymore. The next seven generations is depending on us, and we need to stand up and stand strong. The universe gives what you put in, so let’s make the best of this world and stop being oppressed. It is NOT just indigenous people being oppressed, non-indigenous people are being programmed to hate us, let’s stop. Peacelove