Joanne Speakman is from the Northwest Territories. She grew up on Great Bear Lake in Délı̨nę before moving to Yellowknife. Growing up in the North and spending time on the land inspired Joanne’s interest in biology. She decided to study at the University of Alberta and in 2020, Joanne graduated with a B.Sc. in Environmental and Conservation Sciences. Throughout her career, she has contributed to research, government, and regulatory organizations toward environmental stewardship. Joanne is Sahtúot’įne Dene and she’s also passionate about incorporating Indigenous perspectives in her work. Currently, Joanne is pursuing her interest in health care at the University of British Columbia in the School of Population and Public Health. Her Master of Science research will focus on health care equity and access to medical diagnostic services. Over the course of her education, Joanne is honoured to have been the recipient of Sahtú Renewable Resources Board scholarships and she looks forward to a rewarding career ahead.