Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı
Sahtú Renewable Resources Board

Special Advisors

The Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı relies on the expertise of a number of experienced and knowledgeable individuals to project us with expert advice.

Frederick Andrew

Frederick Andrew 20150731 JLP6403Fredrick Andrew is Shúhtagot’ı̨nę from Tulı́t’a. From the day he was born, he lived on the land with his family where he travelled by dog team in the winter and by foot in the summer from Tulı́t’a to Drum Lake to the Mackenzie Mountains and back. Raised by his Grandmother, Fredrick was taught to speak his language, and live off the land from a young age. Fredrick has served as a board member on the Nááts’ı̨hch’oh National Park Reserve Management Board, the Tulit’a Land Corporation, the Tulit’a Dene Band and the Tulit’a Renewable Resources Council, where he also served as President and Vice President. Recently, Fredrick partnered with Dr. Jean Polfus on community-based genetic caribou research. Together, they have spoken to many different community and university audiences about the importance of ɂelexé ɂeghálats’eda (working together.)

Fredrick is also a father and a grandfather. Fredrick has taught his granddaughter, Maylene, Dene language and on the land skills. Maylene has been going into the Mackenzie Mountains with Fredrick for the summer months since she was 15 years old. Fredrick also taught his son, Blake, trapping, hunting and traditional knowledge skills. Fredrick is proud of his traditional territory and believes it is important to protect Sahtú wildlife and environment and share his traditional knowledge.

Leon Andrew

Leon Andrew1 001Leon Andrew is a Shúhtagot'ı̨nę elder with the Tulı́t’a Dene Band. In 2011-2012 he contributed to the NWT Water Stewardship Strategy, through the Aboriginal Steering Committee, and was an advisor to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories on Transboundary Water negotiations with Alberta. Leon was an Access and Benefits negotiator and served on the Canol Heritage Trail Committee for the Tulı́t’a District during 2004-2006. He has also served on the Board of the Tulı́t’a Land and Financial Corporation.

Leon has provided his research expertise on numerous traditional knowledge studies, assisted and advised GNWT Archeologists from the Prince of Wales Museum, and is also an experienced interpreter in Dene and English languages. He was an active trapper in the Tulı́t’a area and has firsthand experience of both the positive and negative effects of exploration activities on the environment and traditional economy of the Northwest Territories.

Paul Latour

PaulLatour1Dr. Paul Latour has extensive public sector work experience in wildlife management. After some time working in Norman Wells with the Sahtú Region office of the Government of the Northwest Territories, Paul took a job as NWT Habitat Biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service (Northern Conservation Division), based in Yellowknife. Upon his retirement in 2015, Paul's contributions throughout his long career were recognized through a Citation of Excellence in Service to Clients. The main focus of his work was assessing migratory bird habitat, establishing protected areas, managing existing protected areas in the Arctic and working on migratory bird habitat/population studies. In addition, Paul co-ordinated the environmental assessment of industrial projects in the Western Arctic and participated in the negotiation and implementation of Aboriginal land claim settlements.  He served as a founding Board member from 1996-2016. 

 

Norman Pierrot

NormanPierrotNorman Pierrot was elected President of the Fort Good Hope Ɂehdzo Got'ı̨nę in May 2017. Of Dela Got'ı̨nę and K'áhsho Got'ı̨nę descent, Norman was born in Inuvik. During his first years, he was raised by his grandparents Gabe and Dorothy Cotchilly in Fort Good Hope. He was taken to Grollier Hall residential school in Inuvik at the young age of ten years, and it was two years before he was able to return home for summer vacation. His grandmother sent him to K'ahbamı̨́túé (Colville Lake) to live with his grand-aunt Angela Oudzi so that he could escape being taken back to residential school. After two years he was sent to Fort Good Hope where he began attending Chief T'selehye School. He completed Grade 9 at Grollier Hall. Norman became independent after that, and joined the armed forces for three years. After a series of diverse jobs, vocational training courses and upgrading, he returned to Aurora College and completed his diploma in Natural Resources Technology in 2000. He has since worked as a wildlife officer for NWT Environment and Natural Resources, as an environmental monitor for the Gwich'in Tribal Council, as a consultant for the Fort Good Hope Ɂehdzo Got'ı̨nę, and with contractors doing reclamation and remediation. For several years he worked in various exploration jobs for Discovery Mining Services, traveling throughout Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. For one winter season, he worked on the Snap Lake winter road.

Through his many jobs and travels, Norman has seen the great damage caused by mining operations and has a strong motivation to play a role in conserving the land for future generations. He is dedicated to bringing together old and new ways of working for Dene Ts'ı̨lı̨ and wise stewardship of the land and wildlife.

Gordon Yakeleya

Gordon Yakeleya was born at K'áalǫ Túé (Willow Lake). The youngest of sixteen children, he was taken to Grollier Hall residential school at the age of fourteen, but only stayed for three months. His father became ill with tuberculosis and was sent away to the hospital, and Gordon had to return home to help his mother.  He and his family spent most of their time on the land, hunting and trapping. When he was sixteen years old he started earning an income. His first job was firefighting for $5/day. He did work for various seismic exploration companies for seven winters in the Tulı́t’a, Norman Wells and Colville Lake areas, and as far south as Fort Wrigley. His next career was hauling fuel and water in his home community of Tulı́t’a - he did this for many years. In the late 1980s he started a career in politics, including terms as Chief of the Tulı́t’a Dene Band, President of the Tulı́t’a Land Corporation and Tulı́t’a District Land Corporation, Grand Chief of the Sahtú Dene Council, and Mayor of the Tulı́t’a Hamlet. Throughout all those years, Gordon took every opportunity to continue hunting and trapping in various places, including the K'áalǫ Túé, Dǝocha (Bennett Field) and Blackwater areas. He was elected President of the Tulı́t’a Ɂehdzo Got'ı̨nę in June 2017. His vision is to encourage his community, and especially the youth, to keep the traditional land-based skills alive.