Alumna Dakota Brant’s Walrus Talk: Sharing the Laws of the Land

Watch the full video of her Walrus Talk, recorded April 22nd, 2017 in the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown

Alumna Teyotsihstokwáthe Dakota Brant '06 gave a recent lecture as part of Walrus Talks Conversations about Canada: We Desire a Better Country, a Signature Initiative of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.

In her presentation,  "Sharing the Laws of the Land," Teyotsihstokwáthe discusses how our relationships with the environment and with one another are more meaningful than the laws or treaties of any government body -- and how indigenous knowledge is essential to Canada's future growth.

Beginning at the annual Walrus Foundation gala on January 18, 2017, the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation, in partnership with the Order of Canada and Canada 150, has presented an extraordinary national tour focusing on the future of our country and featuring fifty members of the Order of Canada and fifty youth leaders. The tour will run until June 1, 2017.

The Walrus Talks Conversations about Canada: We Desire a Better Country will visit every province and territory, and each event will feature eight speakers: four youth leaders and four members of the Order of Canada.

“Conversations about Canada will build a deeper understanding of Canada,” says Shelley Ambrose, executive director of the Walrus Foundation and publisher of The Walrus. “It will provide Canadians with opportunities to participate and celebrate together; shape a more inclusive vision of Canadian society, its people, and what it means to be Canadian; and recognize the exceptional Canadian people, places, achievements, and events that will shape our country for the next fifty years.”

Teyotsihstokwáthe Dakota Brant is a Mohawk woman from Six Nations Territory. She is an artist, entrepreneur, and speaker on issues spanning the Indigenous experience in North America. Teyotsihstokwáthe was Trent University’s first graduate of Indigenous Environmental Studies, and holds a master’s degree in Indigenous community planning from the University of British Columbia.

Among her many awards and honours, Teyotsihstokwáthe has been named both a Trent University Luminary (selected as an accomplished Alumni of Trent University in commemoration of Trent University's 50th Anniversary) and a Trent University Alumni Association Young Leader (at the 2011 Alumni Awards).

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