Raising the voices against oppression from across Turtle Island and around the world
Each lesson we learn is sacred, and every question we have does have an answer somewhere. We all look for answers in different ways, and exploration of the voices of the unheard is what I need to do.
Many things were targeted and meant to be stolen from us, but the underestimation of our spirit and the strength of our ancestors allowed for us to still be here to this day.
Episodes and Description
Starla Myers - Indigenous Grassroots Journalist
Episode 1 - January 11, 2021
The first guest on Beside the Tracks is fellow Mohawk Turtle Clan family member and grassroots Indigenous journalist Starla Myers. We discuss her beginnings in raising the voices of our people, what it means to see the world through a cultural lens, and about her media platform Yakowennahskats (Her Beautiful Voice).
Russel Diabo - Mohawk Policy Analyst
Episode 2 - January 18, 2021
Tonight, Beside the Tracks with Andrew Brant Podcast welcomes Russell Diabo, Kahnawake Mohawk Policy Analyst. He shares some of his personal experiences as a youth, attending Wounded Knee in the 1970's and educating himself from there and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington DC. Hear his take on CAN DRIP (Ottawa's new Bill C-15) and much more
Delee Nikal - Wet'suwet'en Gidimt'en Clan
Episode 3 - January 25, 2021
Tonight on Beside the Tracks Mohawk Turtle Clan Andrew Brant & Delee Nikal of the Wet'suwet'en Gidimt'en clan talk RCMP misogynistic patriarchy/systemic racism, settler accomplices, Keystone, and much more; what will it take the allies to become accomplices in the fight for recognition of Indigenous Sovereignty
Follow @wetsuweten_checkpoint on Instagram
Beside the Tracks: February Flashback
Episode 4 - February 1, 2021
2020 Interview on The Navigators 97.3FM Sydney, Australia
In February of 2020 Andrew Brant was literally beside the tracks at Wyman Road on unceded Mohawk Territory independently reporting on events when Canada was crippled by Indigenous Sovereignty. The news of this event had spread worldwide, and all commonwealth countries immediately took note. This interview from KOORI97.3FM in between Andrew Brant and The Navigators host Tane Johnson was only one of the first international interviews.
Nick LaMarsh - Settler Accomplice
Episode 5, Part 1 - February 8, 2021
Settler Ally turned accomplice Nick LaMarsh speaks to Andrew about his experience in the military, and what witnessed as far as the illegal activities the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, and other colonial forces engage in while oppressing Indigenous people and people of color. His lived experience and path of decolonization, sustainable living, and a community mindset living the way the Onkwehonwe of the land intended are some ways he has turned his allyship into being complicit in the fight for Indigenous Sovereignty
Follow on Instagram @nick_lamarsh
Malakai "The Warrior" Williams, Tuscarora Turtle Clan MMA Fighter
Episode 5, Part 2 - February 8, 2021
Avalable on the podcasting platforms, The Warrior gives insight into his workout routine and diet, work with the youth, goals of giving back to the Indigenous community and much more. Don't miss this inspiring talk with Mr. Williams
Insured Genocide; A Discussion with Andrew Brant and Delee Nikal
Episode 6, - February 22, 2021
Insured Genocide and Violent Arrests of Indigenous Youth. Mohawk Andrew Brant and Wet'suwet'en Delee Nikal discuss the pride of the youth rising up and using their voices. In this episode we list the insurance companies who are complicit, what a settler accomplice backing might look like, and the use of white privilege.
Follow on Instagram:
@wetsuweten_checkpoint, @braidedwarriors, @dakotabearofficial
Decolonization Cannot Happen From Within Systemically Racist Colonial Institutions
Episode 7, - March 1, 2021
Using the past 20 years of experienced I have battling for the rights of our people and bringing awareness to our culture, traditions, and the environment, today I pose the question weather decolonization can happen from within historically systemically racist colonial institutions. Growing up I observed many front line people who put themselves in front of the land in order to protect it; in 1999 was when I went out to stand against the expansion of a landfill, and in the years following I was present for the events at the Culbertson tract in Tyendinaga, Caledonia in 2006, Wyman Railroad last year and Land Back Lane with an array of experience in between.
I am a graduate of Trent University with a diploma in Kanyen'kehaka (Mohawk Language) and worked as a Mohawk language and Indigenous Studies teacher for over ten years, was a board member for Tsi Tyonnheht Onkwawenna Language and Culture Circle in Tyendinaga with a hand in the opening of the first primary Mohawk immersion program, lent my voice to different educational language media projects in stage and film; I also played small roles on stage and film, and ran a small business in which I reached out to schools and delivered a cultural program before COVID19. I was also successful in arranging a trip for my high school students to Kanatsyohareke so they would have the opportunity to visit their homeland at least once.
I have had the opportunity to open many groundbreaking ceremonies, awards ceremonies, the Mohawk Landing which is a yearly celebration of our arrival in Tyendinaga. Since Canada shut itself down in 2020, I have taken the role of Grassroots Journalist and have been presenting evidence of ongoing Canadian genocide, destruction of the environment, and blatant disregard for Indigenous rights.