She:kon, sewakwe:kon, Kayente:ri yónkya’ts. Kanyen’keha:ka niwakhwentsyo:ten, wakhskarewake tanon ken’en Kenhte:ke wakatehyaronh. My English name is Emerald LeFort, I’m Kanyen’keha:ka bear clan and I grew up here in Kenhtè:ke. I spent a year studying Kanyen’keha in Ohsweken, Six Nations in 2009-2010, and then two additional years at Shatiwennakaratats Adult Immersion School.
After my completion of studies there, I was hired on with Tsi Tyonnheht Onkwawenna as a Language Apprentice/Preschool Immersion teacher at Totahne Language Nest where I promote language and cultural learning for preschool aged children in our community. Last year I began courses working toward my Early Childhood Education certificate which I hope to complete in the next couple of years.
I am a Mother to four children; my partner brought two of them into my life when I met him in 2009, and together we welcomed another son and daughter in 2014 and 2016. I had Midwife attended births for both of my babies, my second being a homebirth. I live with my family here in Kenhtè:ke, along with our cat and two horses. I enjoy the outdoors and would love to devote more of my time to learning about and growing our own food.
My pregnancies and the births of my children really sparked my interest in the entire reproductive process; it has made me much more aware of the benefits of informed care, and the importance of respecting a mother’s voice and abilities. I am an advocate of Traditional Midwifery care, and am excited about the new opportunities to be part of the team for Kenhtè:ke Midwives, Kontinenhanónhnha Tsi Tkahà:nayen.