Simmons, Deborah - Executive Director
Deborah Simmons is trained as a social scientist specialising in social and environmental issues relating to indigenous peoples. She was raised in the Northwest Territories and completed her doctorate in the field of Native Studies at York University. Deborah has been involved in interdisciplinary research combining traditional knowledge and science in the Sahtú Region since 1999, including work for the Sahtú Land Use Planning Board, Délı̨nę Uranium Team (Dene Náowéré Chets’elǝ), and Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı (Caribou Traditional Knowledge Study). During 2006-2011 she was Principal Investigator with the Délı̨nę Knowledge Project. She continues to be active in community-collaborative research in the Sahtú Region, and helped to found the Sahtú Environmental Research and Monitoring Forum. She maintains research affiliations with Native Studies at the University of Manitoba and Aboriginal Studies at the University of Toronto, and welcomes opportunities to mentor graduate students interested in pursuing Sahtú-based research to support preservation of both wildlife and Dene and Métis ways of life. She is a member of the NWT Species At Risk Committee and Canadian Mountain Network, and represents the Board on the NWT Conference of Management Authorities (CMA) on Species At Risk, the Advisory Committee for Cooperation on Wildlife Management (ACCWM). She has served as Executive Director of the Board since 2012.