Finding Family: Beth Ken ‘tares-Queau speaks on journey to reconnect with birth family

Beth Kentares-Queau was the featured speaker in last week’s instalment of Dryden Area Anti-Racism Network’s (DAARN) Living Library series.
Photo by Michael Christianson

By Michael Christianson

When Beth Ken’tares Queau was a young girl she went to tell her mom that one of her fellow classmates was adopted, her mom responded that so was she, and she always knew that, Queau wasn’t so sure she had known that.

That was where her talk began last Thursday at the DAARN Living Library event. From there she told all about her adventures to find herself and her family, an adventure that would lead her to having a whole new family, three sisters she never knew about.

Queau told about putting her name on the national adoption registry and it was then she learned was that she was First Nations and she was ecstatic.  After a lifetime of wondering she knew her ancestors were Mohawk and members of the Turtle Clan.

From there she received the call that many dream and wonder about, on the other end a voice said, “I think we are sisters.”

Queau’s story led us from learning she is adopted to meeting her birth family. A journey full of emotions and wonder Queau looked back at dates and events that shaped her path forward.  

“One of the things that I’ve learned is that there are signs, and if you look for them they are there and it isn’t as crazy as we think it is and we brush everything off as coincidence or things don’t mean anything but when I look back on things and I look at the dates I think it’s just too much to be a coincidence,” said Queau. “I think that we are looked at, we are looked after, we do get signs, we do get warnings, we don’t always listen; I tend to listen better now than I did before. I’ve always been very open minded and I think it’s a good thing I was brought up that way.”

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