Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı
Sahtú Renewable Resources Board

Staff

The Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı is supported by a staff team that specializes in key areas of the Board's mandate bridging administration, traditional knowledge, and social and natural sciences.

Simmons, Deborah - Executive Director

DebbieSimmons1Deborah 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 and Délı̨nę Uranium Team (Dene Náowérǝ́ Chets’elǝ) and Délı̨nę Knowledge Project. She maintains a research affiliation with the Centre for Indigenous Studies at 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. In implementing vision, goals and objectives of the Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı, she remains actively involved in community-collaborative research and conservation planning. She helped to found the Nę K’ǝ Dene Ts’ı̨lı̨ (Living on the Land) Forum, She is a member of the NWT Species At Risk Committee and Canadian Mountain Network, and helps to represent the Board on the NWT Conference of Management Authorities (CMA) on Species At Risk and the Advisory Committee for Cooperation on Wildlife Management (ACCWM). She has served as Executive Director of the Board since 2012.

Hanlon, Joe - Program Coordinator

JoeHanlon1Joe Hanlon received a BA in Anthropology from Dartmouth College in 2005. His background is in community-based social science and public health research. Joe has also worked as a high school science teacher and he has experience in outdoor education and emergency medicine. Joe co-ordinates the SRRB's research, meetings, and workshops with the five Sahtú RRCs and other partners in the region. He also assists the RRCs with issues relating to fulfilling their land claim mandate. Joe has been working for the SRRB since January 2013.

Lennie, Lori Ann - Office Manager

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Lori Ann Lennie is a member of the Fort Norman Métis Nation. She is the longest serving staff member Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı, having worked with the Board since 2000. Over the course of her work, she has taken various courses in bookkeeping, accounting, financial management, computer skills, Aboriginal law, and human resources management. She is actively involved in leadership in her home community of Tulı́t’a, serving on the Métis Land Corporation Board and Hamlet Council.

 

 
 
 
 

Lennie, Shelby - Intern

ShelbyLennieShelby Lennie joined the SRRB in October 2017. Born and raised in Tulı́t'a as part of the local Métis community, she completed a high school diploma at Chief Albert Wright School in 2012. After a number of years living and working at various jobs in Hay River, she returned home in 2016. She spent time on the land during the summer/fall of 2017, including work with a wire cleanup crew on the Canol Road, and two weeks at Dene Ts'ı̨lı̨ School. Her passion lies in seeing her culture thrive. Her immediate goal is to continue learning to speak her language, so that she can be able to understand her ancestors and what it is her people want, to have a better connection to the land and assist in creating a better future for it and the generations to come.