is a Maskîkow-iskwiw born on the western shore of the Hudson Bay in a small town called Churchill, Manitoba. She was raised amongst the polar bears and beluga whales until the tender age of ten years old when she moved to Somba K’e, Denendeh with her mother, Mabel McDonald, and younger brother, William McDonald. Mandee holds a B.A. Honours in Political Science with a Minor in Indigenous Studies from the University of Victoria, and is currently an M.A. candidate in the Indigenous Governance program at the University of Victoria. When she’s not busy with school or Dechinta work, she is learning to tan moose-hides, sewing, roller skating, reading, or playing the piano. Her future aspirations are to finish a moose hide, have a dog team, and continue to organize amazing Dechinta programs while building relationships with many inspirational Dechinta students and potential students across the North.
Erin Freeland Ballantyne
Erin was born and raised in Sǫ̀mba K’è / Yellowknife on Akaitcho territory and was the first Rhodes Scholar from the Canadian North. Erin holds a BA Honors in International Development Studies at McGill University and Msc in Environmental Policy from Oxford University. Erin currently holds a PhD from Oxford University, where her work looks at the disjuncture between climate change and its effect on human security and health amidst a regional focus on oil and gas extraction and the challenge this presents for sustainable community development. Erin uses participatory video research to involve youth in research to create education tools to support community health.
Email: erin [at] dechinta.ca