Board of Directors

Glen Coulthard, Chair of the Board of Directors

Glen Coulthard is Yellowknives Dene and an associate professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014), winner of the 2016 Caribbean Philosophical Association’s Frantz Fanon Award for Outstanding Book, the Canadian Political Science Association’s CB Macpherson Award for Best Book in Political Theory, published in English or French, in 2014/2015, and the Rik Davidson Studies in Political Economy Award for Best Book in 2016.

Gordie Liske

Gordie Liske is Weledeh Yellowknives Dene from the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.  He is a band councilor in Dettah and works closely with local Elders on the land. Gordie lives in Somba’ke and is an instructor at Dechinta.

Cheryl Mandeville

Cheryl Mandeville is a Dechinta alumni living in Somba k’e, in Chief Drygeese Territory, Denendeh. She is Dene/Cree originally from Deninu kue and currently attending the Business Administration Program at Aurora College.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer, and artist with a Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba. She is on the faculty at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning and a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is the author of Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back, The Gift Is in the Making, Islands of Decolonial Love, and This Accident of Being Lost, and editor of Lighting the Eighth Fire, This Is an Honour Song (with Kiera Ladner), and The Winter We Danced (Kino-nda-niimi Collective). Leanne is a member of Alderville First Nation, in Ontario, Canada, and has been engaged in Indigenous land based education for twenty years.

Lois Edge

Lois Edge is an instructor of Indigenous Studies with the Bachelor of Education program at Aurora College Thebacha Campus at Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies with a specialization in Indigenous Peoples Education, and Master and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Anthropology from the University of Alberta. Indigenous to the north, of French Cree Metis and Chipewyan maternal ancestry and Tet’lit Gwichin, Scottish and English paternal ancestry, her interests include Indigenous philosophy, pedagogy, research, health and well-being, Indigenous women, traditional art forms and ancestral knowledges and celebrating Indigeneity.