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About Zig Misiak

Zig Misiak with Kanowakeron (David Hill Morrison) and Fred Hayward

Zig Misiak with Kanowakeron (David
Hill Morrison) and Fred Hayward

Zig Misiak, originator of the Four Directions Youth Project, still sees himself as a student of First Nations history and culture specifically Haudenosaunee (Six Nations/Iroquois). In addition to providing curriculum and related support to the schools in Ontario, Zig Misiak's mission is to familiarize, coach, present, and mentor businesses and associations regarding Native history and culture.

Zig's website, Real People's History, will be expanding and developing the details of the Four Directions Youth Project. Stayed tuned.

40 years of involvement with Six Nations

Zig is Developer of the school curriculum, "Six Nations Iroquois Clans Program";

Consultant — nationally and internationally — on documentaries, books, thesis, movies, and educational projects;

Mentor to provincial and federal ministries, tourism, Native organizations, non-Native organizations, correctional institutions, and psychologists;

Historical Re-enactor (Lieutenant and Native Liaison Officer with Butlers Rangers) as well as Honorary Vice-President of the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada;

Member of several Advisory Boards, including NATV (Native American Television in the United States) and the national advisory board regarding Six Nations;

Recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Six Nations history/culture;

Chairman, 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, Brantford, Six Nations, Brant County, Committee

Comments and Commendations

Dear Mr. Misiak: Thanks for your letter and the life you've had. Good for you for all you do for First Nations & Mother Earth.
Dr. David Suzuki (click here to view the letter)

We at ICT see Six Nations Iroquois Clans Program as best practice not only for educators but for a wide range of professions. If more people and organizations assisted people in learning the history and culture of local Aboriginal Peoples across Canada this would go a long way to creating more understanding and dispelling a lot of the stereotypes about Aboriginal Peoples.
"Working Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples" Newsletter (British Columbia), by Bob Joseph (Oct 2008)

I can attest first hand to the need for First Nations educational resources such as the Six Nations Iroquois Clans Program at all levels of curriculum in this province. I am sure that teachers would very much welcome and appreciate the material that Mr Skye and Mr Misiak have developed.
Rick Monture, Lecturer, Indigenous Studies, McMaster University

Your current project, in conjunction with Tuscarora Artist, Raymond Skye on the Six Nations Iroquois Clan Art Cards, is an exceptional educational resource, and as anyone in the Educational field knows; long overdue. Nia:wen
Paula Whitlow, Curator, Chiefswood National Historic Site, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory

There is no doubt, that this project, developed by Mr. Zig Misiak and Mr. Raymond Skye, possesses high educational, as well as cultural and artistic value. It is very desirable on the regional as well as on the National level. I strongly believe that no serious moves aimed at building global understanding, can succeed without or at the sake of disappearance of local cultural roots, at the sake of communal and individual identity.
Dr. Alexandr Vaschenko, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

It is high time that the elementary and secondary school students be exposed to rigorous cultural education of Aboriginal People's in order to facilitate understanding and healing across cultures. Zig and Ray's sophisticated "Clan Program" admirably fulfills such goals from a unique perspective and is a crucial resource for all Canadian teachers.
Kathryn V. Muller, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, Queen's University

Zig's passion and knowledge about First Nations peoples keep him involved in many areas of study relating to the Iroquois. From his studies, both educational and first hand, I admire his accomplishments. He has shown me that it is honourable to discover and embrace other ethnicities with an open mind and caring heart. Such individuals add peace and harmony to this sometimes troubled world. He is a good friend.
Raymond R. Skye, Six Nations Artist, Six Nations Grand River Territory

As the Eagle is the principal messenger of the Creator for the Native people, so Zig is the messenger of peace and understanding for all Canadians. Zig has a solid grasp on the issues which have obstructed the development of a mutually respectful relationship with the Native populations. His ideas and work will help us as educators to reach the developing minds and opinions of our children in time to arrest the spread of stereotypes and prejudices which have created an unacceptable situation of hatred and fear which now burden the spirits of the Canadian people. We need to open our minds and hearts to any initiative which brings peace to all members of our nations.
Dr. Dina Dalia, Principal, St. John's College, Brantford Ontario, BHNCDSB

Zig Misiak demonstrates both passion and enthusiasm in his presentation on Aboriginal History and Culture. Staff and students appreciate his genuine, down to earth approach and his personal experiences in his re-enactments. His appreciation of Aboriginal History and Culture certainly opens up another world to all of us as we learn the true history of our nation and how important Aboriginal Culture and History is to Canada. Thank You Zig.
Michael Lostracco, Principal, Niagara Catholic District School Board

I would like to take this opportunity to commend you for the outstanding work that you are doing to provide our schools with the necessary and valuable insight into Native history and culture. You continue to work tirelessly to enhance our children's knowledge about the Aboriginal population. Your dedication and enthusiasm is tangible and I am in awe of your efforts and your keen interest in our collective history.
Dave Levac, MPP, Brant

Zig's research and dedication to revealing and, as a history re-enactor, living the accurate history of the relationship between the people of Six Nations and the European settlers has given insight to thousands of non-Native people of all ages to the real history of Canada……Zig's heart for accuracy, authenticity, and honesty is refreshing.
Jim Windle, Editor, Tekawennake News, Six Nations Territory

I believe that, through his efforts, great progress has been made in developing a relationship between the Six Nations People and our organization, which will continue to strengthen and grow in future years.
Edward Scott, UE, Past President United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada