Our Chair, six Board members, and six alternates are selected to represent the interests and mandate of the Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı.
The Sahtú Secretariat Inc. nominates three Board members, plus alternates, from each of the three districts of the Sahtú Region: Délı̨nę, Tulı́t’a, and K’asho Got’ı̨nę.
The Government of the Northwest Territories, the Canadian Wildlife Service, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada each nominate the remainder of the Board members and alternates.
The Chair is nominated by the Board. Appointments are jointly approved by the federal Governor in Council and Executive Council of the Government of the Northwest Territories.
For updated information about Board appointments, see the Federal Governor in Council Appointments page.
George Barnaby, Interim Chair
George Barnaby has lived on the land as a hunter and trapper and has been involved in development issues in his home community of Fort Good Hope and in the NWT for many years. George is active in self-government and has held positions as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Sahtu Region, Vice-President of the Indian Brotherhood, Fort Good Hope Band Councillor, Fort Good Hope Settlement Councillor, and Sahtu Land Claims Negotiator. George has been a member of the Sahtú Land and Water Board since 2007.
Nominated by the Sahtu Secretariat Inc. Term: February 5, 2015 - February 4, 2020.
Camilla Tutcho, Member
Camilla is Délı̨nę Got'ı̨nę. Her family area is Tł’áado, near Johnny Hoe River. Her main teacher when she was growing up was her grandmother, Ɂehtsı̨́ Dǝlúlǝa, who also raised her dad. She would like to help the SRRB fulfill its mandate in the way her grandparents would have wanted, through deep knowledge of place and history. Camilla served as Chair of District Education Council for two decades (1974-1993). She was Justice Committee member during 1994-2011. Most recently she was a member of the Délı̨nę Ɂekwę́ Committee that developed the ground-breaking Belare Wı́le Gots’ę́ Ɂekwę́ – Caribou for all Time plan.
Camilla has a strong commitment to helping strengthen Dene ts'ı̨lı̨ in our region, with a focus on teaching youth. At the same time, she celebrates the new knowledge that our youth have to bring to environmental governance. She is a teacher of traditional skills including moose hide tanning, dry fish and dry meat making. Her experience as an instructor at Dene Ts'ı̨lı̨ School made her realize that there is a lot of work to be done to support youth in feeling safe, healthy and at home on the land. There is a special role for women in doing this work, and she knows that she’s meant to fulfill this role.
Nominated by the Sahtu Secretariat Inc. Term: November 11, 2018 - November 20, 2023.
Samuel Hache, Alternate
Samuel Hache is a landbird biologist working for the Canadian Wildlife Service in the Yellowknife office. Originally from New Brunswick, Sam has been working for CWS in the Northwest Territories for almost 6 years. He completed his PhD at the University of Alberta and MSc at the Université de Moncton both in biology and animal ecology. Sam is working actively with different communities across the Northwest Territories and has initiated community-based landbird monitoring programs in the Dehcho, Sahtú, and Tłı̨chǫ regions. This is Sam's first term with the Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı.
Nominated by Canada. Term: August 27, 2019 - August 26, 2024.
Keith Hickling, Alternate
Keith Hickling brings extensive experience in resource management to his position as Board member. Raised in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, he began his career working at Aklavik and then moved to Norman Wells. In 1980, he was part of the first graduating class at the Renewable Resources Technology Program at Fort Smith.
Since that time, he has worked as a Renewable Resource Officer in several Western Arctic communities in the Northwest Territories and in Kugluktuk, Nunavut. He recently retired from a position as Superintendent of NWT Environmental and Natural Resources-Sahtú Region.
Nominated by the Executive Council of the Government of the Northwest Territories. Term: September 9, 2016-September 8, 2021.
Camilla Rabisca, Alternate
Camilla Rabisca is K’ásho Got’ı̨nę and was born in Fort Good Hope. She is fluent in the Dene language and has extensive knowledge of the land in her family’s traditional territory. For 26 years, she and her husband lived off the land, hunting, fishing and trapping. Upon moving back to Fort Good Hope in the late 1980s, she worked with the local high school teaching traditional survival, hunting and fishing skills and continued to spend time on the land with her family. Camilla has also served as a Canadian Ranger since 1997.
Camilla sat on the local District Education Council for two terms and was an active member of the Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę, Hunter and Trappers Association and its successor, the Renewable Resources Council, for over sixteen years. This is Camilla's third term with the Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı.
Nominated by the Sahtú Secretariat Inc. Term: April 30, 2015 - April 29, 2020.
Jennie Vandermeer, Alternate
Jennie Vandermeer is Sahtúgot'ı̨nę (person from Great Bear Lake) and grew up in Délı̨nę, Northwest Territories (NWT). She currently resides in Tłegǫ́hłı̨ (Norman Wells) and is employed as a Biologist with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR), Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) for the Sahtú Region. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Royal Roads University. She has a lot of experience working with communities across the NWT on water quality, environmental assessment, forestry and protected areas. She has worked with the department of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of Northwest Territories, in a variety of roles, including as Environmental Impact Advisor, Watershed Management Advisor and Coordinator of NWT Protected Area Strategy. Jennie is also employed as an entrepreneur, having started a successful wellness business and more recently a tourism business with her partner.
Nominated by the Sahtu Secretariat Inc. Term: August 27, 2019 - August 26, 2024.
Past Board Members
- Michael Neyelle (2015-2019)
- Jeff Walker (2015-2019)
- Jimmy Dillon (2017-2018)
- Pat Bobinski (2008-2013 and 2015-2017)
- Leonard Kenny (2008-2017)
- Paul Latour (1996-2016)
- Lesley Allen (2014-2016)
- Laurel McDonald (2010-2014)
- Walter Bezha (2003-2008 and 2010-2013)
- Gordon Zealand (2008-2013)
- Robert Kelly (2007-2012)
- Bruce MacDonald (2005-2010)
- Steven Hannah (2005-2010)
- Rosa Etchinelle (2005-2010)
- Ronald Pierrot (2002-2007)
- Norman Simmons (2001-2006)
- Fred Taptuna (2001-2006)
- Ruby McDonald (1996-2002)
- Archie Lennie Sr (1996-2002)
- Celine Stroeder (1999-2005)
- Lucy Jackson (1997-2002)
- Danny Gaudet (1997-2001)
- Kevin J McCormick (1996-2002)
- Diane Malley (1996-2002)
- Winter Lennie (1996-2002)
- Russel Hall (1996-2008)
- Max Melnyk (1997- 1998)
- Gerard Leprieur (1996-1999)
- Isadore Yukon (1996-1997)
- Morris Neyelle (1996-1997)
- Jimmy Tutcho (1996-1997)