Community Advisors and the Collaborative Administrator are available to answer any questions, talk about your project ideas, and help you with the application.
Tony Rabesca - Tłı̨chǫ Region
PH: (867) 392-6381 ext 1340
Cell: (867) 447-0723
Fax: (867) 392-6406
“Being on the land is important to connect with our inner self based on our traditional four dimensions of life. It connects with our spirit of well-being and at the same time revives our language, culture, and way of life.”
Jimmy Ruttan- Inuvialuit Region
PH: (867) 620-2055
Fax: (877) 777-7002
"Being on the Land, in the bush or on the water is something that grounds and relaxes me. It requires you to slow down, get back to the roots and provides you with the space and time to think and relax (when the wood is done, of course). While I enjoy bush life from my camp with my Wife and daughters, I also welcome opportunities to explore."
Diane Giroux - Akaitcho Region
PH: (867) 394-3313
Fax: (867) 394-3413
"We need to work together to provide solutions to promote healthy choices and wellness in our communities. The Collaborative is important because it is a way to support on the land programming for the well being of all peoples of the North. It is also a way to educate Northerners on the values we hold for our environment. The Collaborative supports the transmission of knowledge from Elders to our youth about our land, waters, history, and culture to ensure they are prepared for their roles as future stewards."
Danny Yakeleya - Sahtú Region
PH: (780) 233-3919
"For thousands of years our people have lived with the Land, water and animals of what they considered their home. Everything they needed was provided in an exchange that they understood was from the Creator, and that they in turn respected what they had. In the 1920's with the discovery of oil in what is now Norman Wells, the separation of the people from the Land began. This continued when uranium was found at Great Bear Lake, the creation of government administrative settlements, and the residential school system. These actions broke people from the Land, and it is important to correct these actions and to reconnect people back to the Land. Help is needed, and the NWT On the Land Collaborative is one of the many hands that will get the job done."
Britney Nadli - Dehcho Region
PH: (867) 695-2355 (DFN Office)
Cell: (867) 695-1534
"I am Dehcho Dene from Zhahti Kue (Fort Providence), Northwest Territories. Being a part of the NWT On the Land Collaborative gives me the opportunity to share my experiences, knowledge and my love for the land. My family and I were raised at our family camp in Horn River. Growing up in my home community and in the area, it has given me the ability to connect with the land, and with our people. I’ve had the opportunity to work with our youth and elders over the years, and I hope to continue to do so. It’s amazing being part of an organization who shares the same beliefs, ambitions and who are culturally diverse. This gives me hope for the future generations!"
Lynn Napier - NWT Region
PH: (867) 621-2825
Fax: (867) 873-3042
"The ability to bring people closer to the land provides opportunities to access and gain knowledge in culture and heritage and promotes natural healing and wellness. The Collaborative is a unique and amazing project that supports all ages and cultures across the territory in getting on the land and builds capacity for future programs and generations."