Michael Neyelle’s education was what influenced him the most to become a researcher. He went to Grollier Hall residential school for six years, from 1968-1974. Michael started working for Imperial Oil in 1972 during the summers in Norman Wells, and continued working there after he graduated. Returning to Délı̨nę, he worked in various administrative jobs. He gained experience in radio broadcasting with CBC North, and continues to offer Dene language programming on the CBQO community radio in Délı̨nę.
During 1988-1990, Michael studied Public and Business Administration at Arctic College (the precursor to Aurora College). There he learned about the federal, territorial, municipal, and First Nations governments, accounting, economics. During the 1990s, Michael was sought after as an experienced and knowledgeable community researcher and interpreter. He was a fieldworker for the Sahtú Renewable Resources Board’s Harvest Survey and the Sahtú Land Use Planning Board’s land use mapping project, and assisted numerous academic researchers with their projects. In addition to his duties with the Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı, Michael is a member of the Délı̨nę Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę, and a research collaborator with the Délı̨nę Language and Stories of the Land program in partnership with University of Toronto and University of Cologne.
Nominated by Sahtú Secretariat Inc. Term: June 18, 2015-July 17, 2020.