Kahontakwas (Diane) Longboat, Turtle Clan, Mohawk Nation from the Six Nations Grand River Territory, is a ceremonial leader, healer, and traditional teacher of Indigenous spiritual ways who also holds professional degrees in education. She has spoken at universities in Canada and at many national and international conferences and gatherings on the topic of spiritual renewal as a determinant for nation building. From 1976 to 1994, Diane was director of research programs and educational offices both provincially and nationally with First Nations organizations. She currently consults with federal and provincial governments and global organizations around the issues of sovereignty in First Nations jurisdiction over education and the role of spirituality in leading the transformative process.
Her leadership responsibilities at the Sacred Fire of the Thunder (located at Six Nations) include conducting many ceremonies that meet the needs of her people across all domains. The work also includes helping people from all faith traditions who respectfully seek spiritual direction to guide them on their journey through life. Diane and dedicated Spiritual Warriors of Peace have been at the heart of the Spirit Matters gatherings since 2004, holding ceremonies and a sacred circle (lodge) on site, joining other global indigenous educators in the Rekindling Indigenous Spirit journey in Ireland and offering inspirational guidance on peace-building and healing to participants.
Diane is Speaker of the governing board of that organization, Soul of the Mother http//:www.soulofthemother.org