A PODCAST OF TWO CANADAS
A journey on the road to decolonization with Mohawk Turtle Clan Andrew Brant and settler ally Nick LaMarsh.
After being a member of the Canadian Military Reserves and living in the settler colonial Canada his entire life, Nick came to the realization that the white lies he's been fed have a deep impact on not only Indigenous people but those of all backgrounds.
With over 20 years of defending the land and teaching the Mohawk language and culture, living and learning in the traditional and Western world at with Trent and Queen's Universities, Andrew brings the Red Truth to the program
The Journey Begins
A journey on the road to decolonization with Mohawk Turtle Clan Andrew Brant and settler ally Nick LaMarsh. After being a member of the Canadian Military Reserves and living in the settler colonial Canada his entire life, Nick came to the realization that the white lies he's been fed have a deep impact on not only Indigenous people but those of all backgrounds. Seeking the truth brought him to the Indigenous people, who hold generations of knowledge and have been fighting for its existence since the time of contact.
An Oily Connecion
The hosts discuss Land Back briefly to point out Enbridge surveillance on the land of the Mohawks and Six Nations as laid our in the Haldimand Proclamation and Treaty 3 1/2 with possible plans for future destruction, all thanks to the care of the "Canadian" government. Reconciliation is dead, the only way to move forward is learning the truth about the connections between oil and MMIWGMBLGBT2S+. Welcome to the truth about the Two Canadas which Onkwehon:we have been speaking about since contact.
Water is Life
water and its connection to all living beings. Nick tells an interesting story about the 4 types of water on Earth and how we are all connected with that as well as touching on a Norse legend that is similar to the Tadodaho legend where snakes return to the water. Also talked about is the perception of a crisis among settlers when there are storms and the water is off or there don't have access to it, that's normal life for people on reserves in Canada and the United States but it's a massive problem when it happens in settler society and it gets corrected within a couple weeks Sometimes within a few days. Also talked about is difference of infrastructure on reserves compared to off reserve and the Lack of funding that results in so.
Traditional Food and Sustainable Farming.
Creation story brief overview of three sisters and heirloom potatoes; as it pertains to Kanyen'kehaka (Mohawks); Importance of food as it pertains to Ohenton Karihwatehkwen (words before all, aka opening address), Tyonhehkwen (that which sustains us, aka food), the Cultural significance of food and importance of agriculture and traditional indigenous ecological knowledge. Awareness of one self while using a traditional diet
Tyonhehkwen and Sacred Medicine
In this episode we discuss the importance of Oyenkwa'òn:we (sacred tobacco) and Onkonhkwa'shón'a (medicine). Nick shares she nine sacred medicines of the Norse, Nathan shares knowledge of traditional uses and Andrew shares the proper way of collecting medicine, acknowledging nature, and opens the episode with Ohenton Karihwatehkwen.
Colonial Corruption on Onkwehonwe Traditional Politics
The influence of colonial policy on Onkwehonwe people has been purposely oppressive, and was literally deigned to rid the land of all the original nations in order to settle and expand a money hungry empire hell bent on controlling the masses to ensure ongoing resource extraction. As shutdowns loom over the people of Turtle Island, the government continues to fund TMX which keeps them complicit in crimes against humanity that it brings with it such as sex rings, MMIWG, mental health problems, and addictions while leaving the Onkwehonwe population without clean drinking water, and in jail for trying to defend it.
The grips are tight on settler allies as well, with police surveillance flying overhead, sitting in vans with binoculars like the old 1908's TV stakeout, and intimidating anyone willing to use their voices; in this podcast of two Canadas, we #TellTheTruth and expose their terrorist tactics against not only Onkwehonwe but allies as well.
White Lies of Ipperwash
Through the constant influx of surveilence of the CME team and allies, we delve into why "why" as Nick uses his former experience in the Canadian Reserve Force to describe the racism that existed within the ranks, and what the military did while the OPP killed Dudley George.
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Roots of Toxic Masculinity
Hosts Andrew and Nick speak with CME Investigative Journalist Alex White on the history and affects of toxic masculinity. Available as well on our homepage and all podcast platforms.
Meet Your Hosts
Sha'tekayen:ton Andrew Brant
Mohawk Turtle Clan
Over the past 20 years I have been battling for the rights of our people and bringing awareness to our culture, traditions, and the environment. 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 one.
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.
Raised in a strict Christian upbringing with racially indifferent ideals I was your typical white guy, covertly racist and a patriotic voter who only cared about himself. I left the church when I was 15 and many of those ideals were engrained in me. I went to public schools, was a member of the Canadian Military Reserves for about 4 years and didn’t know anything about Indigenous history or culture – nor did I care.
I quickly learned after leaving the reserves that government and people in power are only in it for the money and themselves. Fast forward - I moved to Brantford in 2008 and was told by my in-laws and coworkers to be careful around the reserve and avoid Natives around town. I was afraid of Native people due to the lack of understanding. Over 3 years I realized my systemic racist ideals and changed my reckless, disrespectful lifestyle. I became familiar with my own ancestral heritage and I was able to heal and correct my wrong doings in life. Now, following The Great Law, The Great Peace, honoring the Two Row Wampum and The Dish With One Spoon treaties I have chosen to actively stand and support Indigenous peoples.
My intention is to spread the message and tell the truth to other settlers that there must be honour, friendship, respect and integrity towards Indigenous peoples under the age-old treaty agreements and for them to realize the wrong doings and oppressive tactics used against Indigenous people by their government.