“Future Chief”: Building Indigenous Youth Environmental Leadership in Changing Times

This project is a component of another ReSDA project, “Well-Being and the Impacts of Resource Development“.

Research for this project completed. An interim report was submitted and final report will be submitted by September 2017.

Project report. Morgan, Shauna. Overcoming Fear: Sahtú Youth Network Initiative on Health and Climate Change. Tulı́t’a, NWT: Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı (Sahtú Renewable Resources Board), 2015.

Journal article in preparation (author list may change):

  • Simmons, Deborah, Angela Bernarde, Walter Bezha, Ken Caine, Rauna Kuokkanen, Jordan Lennie, Michael Neyelle. “Future Chief”: Building Indigenous Youth Environmental Leadership in Changing Times (working title).

Co-investigators:
Deborah Simmons

Intersections with other projects

  • The Sahtú Region-based component of the ReSDA project “Gender relations and gender-based analysis at the resource-development/traditional economy interface.”
  • The Sahtú Renewable Resources Board project Overcoming Fear: Sahtú Youth Network Initiative on Health and Climate Change, with funding from Health Canada’s Inuit and First Nations Health and Climate Change Adaptation program.
  • The Sahtú Youth Connection Caribou Workshop.

Key Policy/Program Outcomes

  • The Sahtú Renewable Resources Board’s Sahtú Youth Network, Dene Ts’ı̨lı̨ Schools, and youth internship initiatives.
  • The Sahtú Youth Connection’s formal contribution as a Party to the 2016 Sahtú Bluenose East Ɂekwę́ (Caribou) Hearing.
  • The Sahtú Renewable Resources Board’s inclusion of Decision 9 in its 2016 Bluenose East Ɂekwę́ Hearing Report regarding youth learning and environmental leadership as a part of robust community conservation initiatives.
  • The inclusion of youth initiatives as a core program area for the Sahtú Renewable Resources Board in its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, including supports for on the land youth learning and engagement in Guardian programs and resource development consultation processes.