Dr. Dan Longboat – Roronhiakewen (He Clears the Sky) – is an Associate Professor in the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, Director of the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences Program and the Director of the Indigenous Environmental Institute at Trent University in Peterborough.
Dr. Longboat belongs to the Turtle Clan of the Mohawk Nation and is a citizen of the Haudenosaunee, originally from Ohsweken the Six Nations community on the Grand River Territory.
Dr. Longboat earned a Bachelors Degree from Trent University in Native Studies with a special interest in Human Psychology. He received a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from York University.
Dr. Longboat is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies and is the Founding Director of the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences Program (IESS) at Trent University and the current Director of the newly formed Indigenous Environmental Institute (IEI). The IESS program is the first and only accredited university level program for Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences in North America. The Program is founded upon Indigenous Knowledge(s), which serves to support research and development of culturally based courses and integrated environmental science programs. The Program focuses upon Indigenous Peoples: health and the environment, traditional foods and medicines, natural resource restoration, community sustainability, international Indigenous networks, Indigenous languages, cultures and the recognition of Treaty Rights, cultural practices and traditional life ways.
Learn more about the Program at https://www.trentu.ca/iess.