For more than two decades, I have worked to preserve, revive and celebrate the culture and language of the Tłįchǫ people, particularly through land-based programs. I am experienced in the area of land claims and self-government negotiation and implementation work in community service and with government agencies in the Tłįchǫ region.
I am committed to advancing education opportunities in the north and supporting research that is grounded in Tłįchǫ cosmology. In my role with the Tłįchǫ Research and Training Institute and senior advisor to the Tłįchǫ Ndek’àowo (Tłįchǫ government), I have collaborated with the northern based Institute for Circumpolar Health Research.
My work with the School of Public Health involves orientation for students completing their practicum in Yellowknife; participating in research projects as a co-investigator and traditional knowledge holder; co-supervising graduate students applying traditional knowledge methods in their research; and, lecturing as invited, by School faculty.
Recognition Award, Tłįchǫ Government, 2016
Order of the Northwest Territories, 2015
Honorary Doctorate of Laws, University of Alberta, 2008
Premier’s Award for Collaboration, Government of Northwest Territories, 2007
Fellow, Arctic Institute of North America, 1997