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, 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.

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, Jordan - Intern

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Jordan Lennie has been an Intern with the SRRB since January 2017, and has been responsible for assisting with coordination of a variety of Tulı́t'a-based research projects including the Strong People, Strong Communities gender research results workshop, and the first two Dene Ts'ı̨lı̨ School sessions (Summer and Fall 2017). A Sahtú beneficiary from Tulı́t'a, Jordan graduated from Mackenzie Mountain School in Norman Wells in 2016. Jordan is interested in youth leadership having a regional impact. He wants to learn more about wildlife management, become more involved in Indigenous issues, and hopefully find a career he can aspire toward.

 

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.