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Sahtú Renewable Resources Board

Alana Fletcher

Alana Fletcher is a policy and project officer at the House of Commons of Canada. Alana has long been interested in Indigenous cultures and especially in Indigenous views of our relationship with the non-human world. She completed her PhD at Queen’s University in 2015, where her dissertation focused on the way the community of Déline used particular kinds of language, various media and genres of argumentation, and adapted federal government processes to address their concerns about mining on Great Bear Lake. The book manuscript based on this dissertation has been accepted for publication by McGill-Queen’s University Press. As part of this project Alana travelled to Déline twice, in the summers of 2014 and 2015, to meet community members and better understand their connection to the land and water around them. She is very grateful for the friendships and partnerships she has made through this research, and for the community orientation they have given her work.

Two community-based projects have grown out of Alana’s doctoral research. One is a collection of oral histories that Alana is co-editing with Morris Neyelle, titled The Man Who Lived with a Giant: Stories from Johnny Neyelle, Dene Elder. This collection marks the realization of many years of work on Morris’s part to share his father’s knowledge with a wider audience. The book is forthcoming in Spring 2019 from the University of Alberta Press. The other project is the Sahtu Libraries Project, which is an effort in partnership with the Sahtu Renewable Resource Board. This project entails creating a database of Sahtu-related research that will be accessible for community members and approved researchers. We hope this database will let Sahtu people know about historic and current work done around their region.

Jean Erasmus

JeanCardinalJean Erasmus is the co-founder of Dene Wellness Warriors, an Indigenous focused wellness business based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories that offers one-to-one counseling, wellness coaching and workshop facilitation. She is a member of the Canadian Professional Counselors Association, and she is the only Indigenous therapist recognized by Health Canada to work with Residential School Survivors and their families. 

 

 

 

Jennie Vandermeer

JennieVandermeerJennie Vandermeer is Délı̨nę Got'ı̨nę. She is employed as an Environmental Impact Analyst with Sahtú Region Environment and Natural Resources, and founder of Everrrr Sexy – Health and Wellness. She helps people become their happiest, healthiest and strongest selves by providing support and information on nutrition, exercise and personal development.

 

 

 

Joanne Erasmus

JoanneErasmusJoanne Erasmus is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, and was born and raised in Yellowknife. She has a degree in Indian Social Work and specializes in Indigenous wellness and healing – everything to do with helping people. She has been in the counseling field for over 25 years.