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This conference is being organized in cooperation with the Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute, the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research, the Dene Nation, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, and the Tłįchǫ Community Services Agency. The partners will meet at regular intervals to plan and organize the conference should funding be secured. During the conference they will take an active role in facilitating conference participation and foster inclusion among all attendees.

logo-gwichinAlestine Andre, MA is a prominent Gwich’in Cultural Heritage Researcher, working with the Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute, located in Tsiigehtchic, NWT. She has extensive experience planning and conducting community based workshops discussion groups in Gwich’in communities.

logo-ichrInstitute for Circumpolar Health Research Executive Director and epidemiologist Susan Chatwood, MSc, and Project Coordinator Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox, PhD will participate. ICHR will provide logistical support and advice, and provide office space and associated access to physical infrastructure needed for a conference organizer to undertake the planning and logistical arrangements. Moreover, Stephanie is a lifelong northerner with extensive experience working for Indigenous peoples’ organizations in the NWT including the Gwich’in Tribal Council, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Fort Providence Métis Council, Dehcho First Nations, Délįne Land Corporation and Délįne First Nation, as a researcher, negotiator, and advisor.

logo-deneMr. Bill Erasmus is the National Chief of the Dene Nation and Vice Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. He will bring his considerable experience in community-based conference organization, a background in anthropology and two decades of experience in Indigenous politics to bear on reviewing the conference program and assisting with developing recommendation and facilitation methods for the round table discussion sessions.

IRCMr. Bob Simpson is the Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, and brings over 30 years experience of working for Inuvialuit and Gwich’in peoples on their rights-based negotiations and related community development processes.

logo-tlichoGinger Gibson, PhD is a Policy Advisor to the Tłįchǫ Community Services Agency, and has extensive experience planning and conducting research, and securing funding for community based and national academic events.

Jim Martin, Executive Director, Tłįchǫ Community Services Agency (bio forthcoming) will also participate.