Steven Nitah is the LKDFN’s Negotiator on the Thaidene Nene Initiative. A former LKDFN Chief, he is responsible for achieving shared jurisdiction in the management and operation of Thaidene Nene, along with other team members. Steven lives in Lutsel K’e.
Steven is responsible for engaging with the LKDFN membership on their needs and desires as they pertain to Thaidene Nene. He also plays a primary role in engaging with various levels of government and industry to build support and validation for the Thaidene Nene vision.
Stephen Ellis has divided his time between Lutsel K’e and Yellowknife for the past decade, and is the LKDFN’s Assistant Negotiator on the Thaidene Nene initiative. With other team members, he is responsible for achieving shared jurisdiction in the management and operation of Thaidene Nene.
Stephen is primarily responsible for the overall coordination of the team’s priorities and tasks, as well as fostering external partnerships. He plays a special role in advising the First Nation’s development and articulation of its vision for Thaidene Nene, as well as outlining strategies for achieving this vision. Stephen serves as a mentor for some other team members associated with the LKDFN.
Thaidene Nene Advisory Committee
The Thaidene Nene Negotiations Advisory Committee is appointed by the LKDFN Chief and Council. It consists of one appointee from the Chief and Council, one from the LKDFN Wildlife, Lands and Environment Committee, two elders, and two youth, for a total of six members.
The Advisory Committee advises and informs the positions of the LKDFN with regards to the implementation of the Thaidene Nene vision. It is the “ideas” entity within the Thaidene Nene team.
Chief and Council of the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation
The Chief and Council of the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation are responsible for the overall oversight and direction of the Thaidene Nene initiative. Led by Chief Felix Lockhart and mandated by the LKDFN membership, Chief and Council are accountable for achieving the Thaidene Nene vision.
The Chief and Council supervise the activities of its team members, approve workplans and budgets, and insure that the relationship being developed with Canada is consistent with the needs and desires of the LKDFN membership.
Special advisor Francois Paulette
Francois Paulette serves as Special Advisor to the LKDFN on the Thaidene Nene initiative. A strong and renowned advocate for aboriginal rights and sovereignty, Francois provides strategic advice on the development and implementation of a relationship with the state based upon reconciliation and co-existence. Francois also brings a great depth of experience to the team from living adjacent to a federally-protected area, and provides guidance on best practices and lessons learned.
Special Advisor Miles Richardson
Miles Richardson serves as Special Advisor to the LKDFN on the Thaidene Nene initiative. Miles is a member of the Haida Nation on the BC Coast. Named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2007, he has represented BC First Nations at a national level for decades. Miles shares his wealth of experience with establishing joint management between the federal government and the Haida Nation, in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve.