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.

George Barnaby

GeorgeBarnaby1George 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. George served as the Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı interim chair for many years. 

Walter Bezha

WalterBayhaMost of Walter Bezha’s early years on Mother Earth were spent out on the land with all of his grandfathers, travelling and learning the Dene traditions of Sahtú (Great Bear Lake) in the Northwest Territories. After thirty-two years in the resource development field with both the Federal and Territorial governments, he switched to the working with Aboriginal governance organisations. Walter is currently serving as Chair of the Délı̨nę Ɂǫhda K'áowǝ Kǝ (Elder's Council), and in this capacity serves on the Délı̨nę K'aowǝdó Kǝ (Main Council) of the Délı̨nę Got'̨ınę Government. He has served as Implementation Director for the Déline Governance office, Chair of the Sahtú Renewable Resources Board, member of the Sahtu Land and Water Board, and member of the Mackenzie Land and Water Board. Walter has been actively involved in a caribou traditional knowledge study in the Sahtu Region since 2006. He was a founding member of the national Learning Communities Network, oriented to understanding the role of communities in resource management. He is author of “Using Indigenous Stories in Caribou Co-Management” (Rangifer, 2012) and co-author of “’Our Responsibility to Keep the Land Alive’: Voices of Northern Indigenous Researchers” (Pimatisiwin, 2010).

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. 

Gordon Yakeleya

Gordon YakeleyaGordon 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.

Keith Hickling

hicklingKeith Hickling brought his 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. Keith currently resides in Alberta.  

Camilla Rabisca

CamillaRabisca1Camilla 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. Camilla served as Board member for three terms.


  • Past Advisors

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