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Sahtú Renewable Resources Board

Betty Harnum


Betty Harnum is well known for her energetic support for Aboriginal cultures and economies through her various roles and projects in government and as a consultant in the NWT. This project will bring her full circle back to resume work that provided her with her introduction to the North in 1975-1976, involving the successful establishment of the now world-famous Fort Liard Craft Shop. Betty has used her extraordinary language and strategic planning abilities over the years to support Aboriginal communities in realizing their visions for maintaining their traditional knowledge and skills. Within six years of arriving in the NWT, Betty had taken on a leadership position as Executive Assistant to the Minister of Aboriginal Rights, Local Government and Constitutional Development. She subsequently served in a number of leadership positions in Aboriginal language programs for the Government of the NWT. She was appointed by the NWT Legislative Assembly as the first NWT Languages Commissioner and served in this position from 1992-1996. By 1999 she was instrumental in establishment and maintenance of the Goyatikǫ language and cultural institute of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. Following a multitude of major contributions as a consultant, Betty designed and facilitated an innovative terminology workshop on Species At Risk for the SRRB in the spring of 2013. The workshop was a resounding success – in part because Betty had previously worked with a number of the people and was completely comfortable communicating across cultures.

Rauna Kuokkanen

Rauna Kuokkanen

Rauna Kuokkanen is Research Professor of Arctic Indigenous Studies at the University of Lapland, Finland. Prior to that, she was Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Toronto (2008-2018). Her main areas of research include comparative Indigenous politics, Indigenous feminist theory, Indigenous women’s rights and Arctic Indigenous governance and legal and political traditions.

Professor Kuokkanen’s new book Restructuring Relations: Indigenous Self-Determination, Governance and Gender, forthcoming by Oxford University Press in 2018, is an Indigenous feminist investigation of the theory and practice of Indigenous self-determination, governance and gender regimes in Indigenous political institutions. Her other books include Reshaping the University: Responsibility, Indigenous Epistemes and the Logic of the Gift (UBC Press, 2007) and Boaris dego eana: Eamiálbmogiid diehtu, filosofiijat ja dutkan (translated title: As Old as the Earth. Indigenous Knowledge, Philosophies and Research, Čálliidlágádus, Sámi Academica Series, 2009).  She was the founding chair of the Sámi Youth Organization in Finland and has served as the Vice-President of the Sámi Council. She has also long worked and advocated for the protection of Sámi sacred sites, particularly Suttesája, a sacred Sámi spring in Northern Finland. Professor Kuokkanen was recently appointed as the Chair of the Arctic Program Committee of NordForsk. She is from Ohcejohka/Utsjoki, Sápmi (Finland).

Walter Bayha

WalterBayhaMost of Walter Bayha’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 working with Aboriginal governance organisations. Walter is currently Manager of Lands and Resources with the Délı̨nę Land Corporation. He is a senior adviser to the Délı̨ne First Nation Chief on caribou issues and language programs. 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).