Tori Bayha, Summer Intern (2022)
Tori has lived in Tulı́t'a for most of her life. She is working for the SRRB as a summer intern. Tori is heading to Calgary in the fall to pursue a degree in nursing at the University of Calgary. She is very passionate about having the ability to make a positive impact in people’s lives every day and for a living. This is her motivator in her interest in nursing. During her free time, Tori enjoys working out or playing sports, especially basketball and volleyball.
Kylee Smith, Summer Research Intern (2022)
Kylee is a 2022 summer research intern at SRRB. She is a proud Ojibway woman from Ontario, studying at UBC in Vancouver, BC. Her undergraduate degree is in Global Resource Systems, with a resource specialization in Sustainable Agriculture and Land Systems and a regional specialization in Europe. Kylee is a 2020 McCall Macbain Loran Scholar. Her experience is in research and fieldwork, specifically in pollination species and international indigenous homelands policy. Kylee is extremely passionate about the de-industrialization in agriculture and soil quality preservation.
Jasmine Plummer, Sahtú Youth Network Intern (2020-2022)
Jasmine Plummer is a Métis beneficiary from Tłegǫ́hłı̨ (where the oil is, Norman Wells). She has grown up in the Sahtú almost all her life with her McDonald family, and graduated from Mackenzie Mountain School in 2016. After five years of on the job training as a mechanic, Jasmine joined the SRRB in 2020 as the Sahtú Youth Network Intern. She is very passionate about helping youth in the Sahtú build stronger relationships with themselves and the land. For her, being on the land with her family since the age of three has made her into the strong-minded person she is today. She takes pride in the knowledge she has gained from her late grandmother Ruby McDonald and her other relatives. Jasmine is a strong Indigenous woman wanting to see the youth in her surrounding communities excel, to have a voice and be the change they want to see in the region.
William Andrew, Nío Nę P’ęnę́ Intern (2020-2021)
William Andrew is Shúhtaot'ı̨nę. He has lived in Tulı́t'a all his life, and has good memories of travels on Begáádǝ (Keele River) - including a trip with well known Shúhtaot'ı̨nę leaders Gabe Etchinelle and Paul Wright in 1997. He also made annual trips with his family to K'áalǫ (Willow Lake) for the spring goose and duck hunt. After about four years working on oil rigs, he became a heavy equipment operator in Norman Wells. He also has experience working at the Tulı́t'a gas bar and Northern store where he rose to the position of Head Cashier. In 2015 he completed the five week Environmental Monitor training program at Aurora College in Fort Smith. He also participated in a Cross-Cultural Research Camp at Sans Sault Rapids that same year. He is committed to supporting strong Dene and Métis stewardship in his family's mountain homeland, and looks forward to introducing his son Leland to the mountains!
Jessie Yakeleya, Research Program Intern (2020-2022)
Jessie is a proud Métis from Tulı́t'a. She lived in Tulı́t'a her whole life. Jessie joined the Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı in 2020. Jessie helps with research coordination, she is currently involved with three projects; University of Waterloo Food Security, University of Alberta Drinking Water and the Global Water Future. Jessie has a beautiful daughter named Gracie, according to Jessie becoming a mother has made her a better person. She is working on becoming a good leader and role model not only to her daughter but to the community. Growing up, Jessie spent a lot of time in the bush with her dad and grandmother. Jessie takes pride in the knowledge that was passed on to her by her grandmother.
Hannah Taneton, Youth & Wellness Coordinator Intern (2019-2020)
My 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.
Kyanna Dolphus-Lennie, Nı́o Nę P'ęnę́ Coordinator Intern (2019-2020)
Kyanna 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.
Shelby Lennie, Intern (2017-2018)
Shelby 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.
Jordan Lennie, Intern (2017)
Through his internship, Jordan 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 sessions). On International Youth Day 2017, Jordan was recognized by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO as a youth working to build peace through his work with Trails in Tandem, an outdoor education organization. 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, and has done a number of radio interviews and public presentations about youth perspectives and visions for the future. He wants to learn more about wildlife management, become more involved in Indigenous issues, and find a career he can aspire toward through these experiences.
Angela Bernarde, Intern (2012 and 2016)
Angela Bernarde is proud K’áalǫ (Willow Lake) Got’ı̨nę. Angela has spent many harvest seasons in her traditional homeland developing on the land skills. Angela was raised in Tulı́t’a, where she graduated from Chief Albert Wright School. In 2016, Angela took time off from nursing school to care for her new son. She is excited to pass on her elders teachings and on the land to her son. Angela enjoys working with the SRRB to support wildlife and Dene t’sı̨lı̨, our way of life on the land. Angela has worked with the SRRB on a variety of projects between 2012 and 2016 and will continue to assist in planning for the Dene T’sı̨lı̨ School in February 2017. She is currently pursuing her passion for heath and wellness working as the victim services officer with the Tulı́t’a Dene Band.
Ceilidh Stubbs, Intern (2016)
Ceilidh Stubbs is a law student at the University of Victoria. Ceilidh grew up in Whitehorse, where she developed a strong love of the North. She has a background in community-based social sciences and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Development from Queen’s University. Ceilidh first began working in the Sahtu in 2014 and 2015 with the Tulit’a Community Readiness Initiative, where she worked alongside community members to plan Tulit’a hidǫ gogha – Tulit’a for its future. Ceilidh has worked with the SRRB on a variety of projects. Currently, she is assisting the SRRB with legal research on consultation, Special Harvesting Areas and the K’asho Got’ine Group Trapping Area under the Land Claim and reviews of the Fisheries Act and Navigation Protection Act.
Kristen Kodakin-Yakeleya, Intern (2014-2015)
Kristen Kodakin-Yakeleya is from Tulı́t’a, where she graduated from Chief Albert Wright School and has spent five years working as a Recreation Assistant. Kristen has great passion for wildlife and the environment, and she recently completed the BEAHR Environmental Monitor Training Program. She is interested in becoming a civil engineer like her father.