Courage, Culture, and Sacrifice

Healing the Earth Radio hosts Kingston Indigenous Solidarity Network member Matt Silburn's interview with Mohawk Warrior Shawn Brant.  Shawn is currently facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit from CN Rail, and 12 years in prison, due to the actions him and his community in Tyendinaga have made. I chose to host this interview because both times I have played it on the air, people have called in to express how inspired and moved they are from hearing Shawn speak.

Shawn and the Tyendinaga community have long taken strong stances against the theft of their land and in support of other Indigenous community's stances. For more information about these issues, please visit the website of the Tyendinaga Support Committee.  On their website you are able to download and read a 20-page booklet with information about Shawn Brant, the community of Tyendinaga, and the actions the community has been taking to reclaim land.

There is a baby in the background, and I hope you don't let that distract from the quality of the interview. If anything, the presence of a young child adds poignancy to the topics Shawn is talking about.

If you live in the Kingston area and are interested in First Nations solidarity organizing contact the Kingston Indigenous Solidarity Network at


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