Rick Brant (Teho:ka)
Rick Brant (Teho:ka) is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Ontario, Canada. He is a former member of Canada's National Track and Field Team. He has won national championships at 800 metres, 4x400 metre relay, and team Cross Country.
In 1988, Brant was a member of the 4x400 metre champion relay team at the CIAU National Indoor Championships, was named the Saskatchewan Track and Field Indoor Male Athlete of the Year.
In 1987 he was the 800 metre champion in the International Tri-Meet between Canada, Ireland and Wales. He was also the 1987 Canadian Grand Prix Final Champion and was named the Most Outstanding Male Athlete. In 1987, Brant received the Tom Longboat Award for the most outstanding Aboriginal athlete in Canada.
In 1986 he was the 800 metre semi-finalist in the World Junior Championships, was the 800 metre and 4x400 metre relay team champion at the Canadian National Junior Championships, and was named CIAU All Canadian for Cross Country. Brant set the Canadian Interscholastic record in a tie finish in the 800 metres at the Ontario High School Championships.
Since retiring from competitive running, Brant has served as an influential leader within the Indigenous sport movement in Canada. He is a founding member of the Aboriginal Sports Circle - Canada's National Voice for Aboriginal sport serving as the Aboriginal Sport Circle's Executive Director from 1998 to 2005. During that time, he helped lead the revitalization of the Tom Longboat Awards, and the creation of the National Aboriginal Coaching Awards, the Aboriginal Coaching Modules, and the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.
Brant helped found the North American Indigenous Games Council, the international governing body for the North American Indigenous Games, serving as the NAIG Council’s President from 2015-2018. He has overseen the delivery of three separate NAIG's - Prince Albert, SK 1993, Victoria, BC 1997, and Cowichan Valley, BC 2008.
Most recently, Rick helped establish the Indigenous Sport Physical Activity and Recreation Council of British Columbia (I·SPARC) and led the creation of the Indigenous Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Strategy (BC) – the first comprehensive, long-term strategy of its kind in North America. Rick currently serves as I·SPARC’s Chief Executive Officer.