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Sahtú Renewable Resources Board

Hannah Taneton, Youth & Wellness Coordinator Intern

hannahtanitonMy name is Hannah Taneton. I am from Délı̨nę, NT and it is located along the shore of Great Bear Lake. What makes Délı̨nę so special for me is the lake; Little Lake because that’s where hockey was born and Great Bear Lake is so special, powerful and also fresh. Our ancestors always told us to take care of our land and water, and now with climate change happening, I would love to learn more about how we can change things.
I am currently working with the Sahtú Renewable Resources Board in Tulı́t'a, as a Youth & Wellness Coordinator intern. I am working with youth, engaging and reaching out to them for better connections with Elders, great opportunities with on the land and traditional programs. Getting youth to know more about our land, water, animals and climate change and build youth leadership.
I am excited to start up our Sahtú Youth Network again, to meet new people in our region and connect with our land, water, animals and Elders. We plan to have a Sahtú program for youth to build their leadership skills in their own community. Having all 5 communities come together and plan what is best for the youth and get them more involved with Elders and learning from them on how to harvest, hunt, trap, fish and attend meetings to know what’s happening around us.

Lex Scully, On the Land Program Manager

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Lex Scully is a moola of mixed Celtic ancestry. Originally from Toronto, she has spent most of her summers learning, working and guiding in Anishinaabe territories. Her love for these Lands led to an undergraduate degree in Indigenous Studies at Trent University, where many of her teachers were Anishinaabe and Hodinohsyo:ni Elders and knowledge holders. Later, Lex earned her Master’s of Environmental Studies (MES) at York University in 2007.

Lex’s doctoral work (2018) was in Indigenous education in teacher education at Lakehead University, where she still teaches, now online. In February of 2017, she moved to Inukjuak, Nunavik, to work for the Land Survival and Culture department of Kativik Ilisarniliriniq (KI), moving to Montreal to work for the Adult Education and Vocational Training department of KI in late 2018. Traffic and cubicle life were not for her, and she leapt at the opportunity to join the SRRB as On the Land Program Manager. Lex currently lives in Tulit’a, and is very happy about it. Also, she really, really loves plants and music. 

Kirsten Jensen, Community Conservation Planner

Kirsten JensenjpgKirsten Jensen was born and raised in Saskatchewan. She always had a sense of adventure and ended up moving to southern Ontario to get a degree in Environment and Business at the University of Waterloo. Upon completing her B.E.S. she got an internship with a Canadian NGO in Nairobi, Kenya working with youth and environment issues. Following her internship, Kirsten continued to work in Kenya with the United Nations on youth and partnership challenges. In 2010, she obtained a Masters in Environment and Business Management at the University of Newcastle.

In the fall of 2011, she got tired of the perfect weather, and came back to Saskatchewan for a few years to work with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and learn more about the prairies she grew up in, before the adventure itch came back and moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo to help manage the world’s second largest forested national park (Salonga National Park). Following the birth of her son, Tiree, 2 years ago, she decided to be closer to family and moved back to Saskatchewan in 2017. But that adventure itch struck again, and Kirsten and Tiree jumped at the chance to move northward and support the Sahtú region’s vision for their land using her experience with partnerships, community development and managing large landscapes. They are excited to make a new home for themselves in Tulít’a.

Colin Macdonald, Science Advisor

Dr. Colin Macdonald has over three decades of research experience in environmental toxicology, much of it in northern Canada. His first northern experience was on north Baffin Island, where he studied the accumulation of the metals in the diets of ringed seals. This led to a project studying pesticides and other contaminants in lakes in Ontario at Trent University and the effects of man-made chemicals in wildlife at the National Wildlife Research Center in Gatineau, Québec and at Whiteshell Laboratories in Pinawa, MB. His research included projects on historic radiation like cesium-137 and other contaminants in barren-ground caribou, fish and other wildlife species. He has been an independent consultant since 1998 and worked on the assessment of contamination in plants, animals, fish and vegetation at Port Radium, Sawmill Bay, Silver Bear Mines, Contact Lake and other abandoned mine sites to the east of Great Bear Lake. He provides advice to the Sahtú Renewable Resources Board on issues related to the permitting of projects, reviews project reports, and advises on technical issues relating to renewable resources and environmental quality in the Sahtú.  He lives in Pinawa, Manitoba.

Kyanna Dolphus-Lennie, Nı́o Nę P'ęnę́ Coordinator Intern

1537290026263Kyanna Lennie-Dolphus started working as an intern for SRRB in April 2018. She was born in Yellowknife and raised inTulı́t'a, she went to Chief Albert Wright School, spent a year working for the Fort Norman Metis Land Corp. as an Intern, Youth Program Coordinator trainee, Receptionist and Administrative Assistant. She enjoys working with Youth and Elders in the community of Tulı́t'a and over the Sahtu Region. Kyanna also enjoys being out on the Land and Traveling. She’s working towards becoming a Youth Program Coordinator, and or Counselor. In her capacity as Intern, Kyanna has helped co-authored the NWT Evaluation Conference poster and brochure based on our Dene Ts'ı̨lı̨ School. She is now helping with the Sahtú Youth Network website, working as part of a committee planning for Indigenous youth activities at the North American Caribou Workshop, and along with helping to plan for a Tracking Change Indigenous Knowledge.

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