Kristi Benson received her BA and MA in archaeology from the University of Calgary and has technical training in Geographical Information Systems from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She has conducted ethnographic and archaeological research in British Columbia and Mexico, and has taught Anthropology and First Nations Studies classes at Malaspina University-College and Aurora College. She has also worked integrating traditional knowledge into the environmental impact assessment process and various land and marine-use planning projects in the NWT and BC. Kristi has worked with the Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute since 2004, including coordination of the Mackenzie Gas Project Traditional Knowledge Study, review of land use permit and licence applications, as well as a variety of other projects. She lives on a farm in Manitoba with her partner and numerous sled dogs.