The John Brant Award
Robert Land Academy is a school that values leadership, that stresses the importance of responsibility and accountability, and that focuses on the values of loyalty, labour, commitment, courage and honour. Our students are encouraged, and supported, in achieving their full potential by incorporating leadership, responsibility and values, along with a highly disciplined program, into their daily routine.
The boys on our campus are also encouraged to recognize leadership and strong values in members of the community outside of campus life and to appreciate the link between those values and an individual’s success, whether it is in the military, politics, education or community service.
The Academy leadership was inspired to formally recognize these character traits in community leaders which lead to the creation of the John Brant Award.
The award was named in honour of the Mohawk Grand Chief John Brant (1794-1832). Like his father Joseph Brant, John Brant demonstrated loyalty to the British, strong leadership and a great deal of integrity throughout his life. In the War of 1812, Brant led native warriors to stop an American attack at the Battle of Queenston Heights and took part in several other battles. Following the war he encouraged the creation of schools for his people and worked to secure land rights for the Six Nation. John Brant was the first Native American to sit in Upper Canada’s Parliament, until his right to hold the seat was questioned because he did not own enough land.
By naming the award after John Brant, the Academy is honouring a respected leader who demonstrated loyalty, labour, commitment, courage and honour throughout his life.
The John Brant Award is traditionally presented during The Academy’s Gala Event held each spring.
The image of John Brant used in the logo for Robert Land Academy’s John Brant Award was created by Iroquois Artist Raymond Skye.