Kahontakwas Diane Longboat is a member of the Turtle Clan, Mohawk Nation, at Six Nations Grand River Territory, Canada. She is a ceremonial leader, traditional teacher, a builder, and a healer. Diane is founder of Soul of the Mother, a Healing Lodge, born of vision in 1994, on the shores of the Grand River, with extensive relationships with First Nations in Canada and globally.
Diane is a professional educator with a Master's degree in education. In 2017-2018, Diane was the Indigenous Education Advisor to the Premier of Ontario and two Ministers of Education. Diane is also founder of First Nations House (Office of Aboriginal Student Services and Programs) at the University of Toronto.
Diane was co-chair for the Indigenous Peoples Program at the Parliament of the World’s Religions global gathering in Toronto, 2018. Diane is recognized as an Evolutionary Leader by the Source of Synergy Foundation and is a member of the Council of Elders of many organizations in North America, including the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, Canada, and the Digital Global Commission on Justice and Healing.