Kahontakwas Diane Longboat, BA, BEd, MEd is a member of the Turtle Clan and Mohawk Nation at Six Nations Grand River Territory, Canada. She is a ceremonial leader, traditional teacher and healer. She has served as Elder for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health since January of 2013, and is the Senior Project Manager for the implementation of Guiding Directions, the CAMH strategy to improve practices and partnerships for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Ms Longboat is founder of Soul of the Mother, a Healing Lodge on the shores of the Grand River at Six Nations Grand River Territory, with extensive relationships with First Nations in Canada and the United States. She is also founder of First Nations House (Office of Aboriginal Student Services and Programs) at the University of Toronto.
Ms Longboat is a professional educator with a Master's degree in education and has taught at universities and conferences, nationally and internationally, on the topic of traditional Indigenous knowledge systems and spirituality as the fuel for innovation. She has published extensively on Indigenous education law and policy for the Chiefs of Ontario and the Assembly of First Nations.
In 2017 and 2018, Ms Longboat was the Indigenous Education Advisor to the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, and the Ontario Ministry of Education. She was also Co-Chair of the Indigenous Working Group for the development of the Indigenous Peoples Program at the Parliament of the World’s Religions global gathering in Toronto in November 2018. Over 100 Indigenous spiritual leaders spoke in the Lodge of Nations built inside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
The legacy of the Indigenous Peoples Program is a series of ceremonial gatherings between Indigenous Nations designed to renew pre-colonial alliances and relationships. This series is set to begin in 2020 with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Anishinaabek Nation.
Ms Longboat is recognized as an Evolutionary Leader by the Source of Synergy Foundation in New York City, and is a faculty member for the Leadership Quest of the Earthwise Centre, Netherlands.