Ni Hadi Xa’s authority rests with the Governance Committee, which is the central decision making body. The Governance Committee is composed of one nominee from each of the signatories:
- Deninu Kué First Nation
- Lutsél K’e Dene First Nation
- Yellowknives Dene First Nation
- North Slave Métis Alliance
- Northwest Territory Métis Nation
- Tłı̨chǫ Government
- De Beers Canada
The Nominee is expected to have experience and be involved in lands and environment matters, as well as regulatory matters. To date, this has been accomplished though appointments of staff (principally) or members that are heavily involved with their local Lands and Environment department. This ensures that the respective nations are best able to benefit from the collaborative efforts, with staff able to bring matters directly to their leaderships.
TOM UNKA – NWT Métis Nation
Tom was born at Little Buffalo River, a traditional fishing village on Great Slave Lake. Though he’s traveled elsewhere, this area is always where he has returned – whether is harvesting timber or working on the water, being on the land around Fort Resolution is important to him.
Tom has worked in the north for 40 years, and is currently the mining advisor for the NWT Métis Nation. Prior to that he’d spent a decade working at Ekati, from the initial baseline sampling through to operations. This is just the tip of an iceberg – there is a long history of experience and education as well as the stories and knowledge of his people and family – including being the chairperson of the first community council in Fort Resolution.
These days Tom still spends a lot of time on the land. Whether its cutting wood, hunting, or harvesting mushrooms, he’s always active.
Stephanie Poole – Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation
Stephanie Poole is a member of Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation living in the community of Lutsel K’e
Jessica Hurtubise – North Slave Metis Alliance
Jessica was born and raised in the small French community of Rockland, east of Ottawa. She studied marine biology and oceanography in the Maritimes, and delved into work related to tagging and tracking sharks, conservation of at-risk ocean turtle species, ocean observing and monitoring, and fisheries policy development. Despite her experience down south, she has always had a preference for colder environments. She is a new resident to the NWT and is eager to learn more about the mining sector and terrestrial wildlife management. She uses her wide range of environmental sciences background in her new role as Regulatory Analyst at the North Slave Métis Alliance, where she carries out environmental programming and advocates for effective protection of lands and traditional resources through the regulatory system.
William Liu – De Beers Canada
William works with De Beers, managing permitting and regulatory affairs for Gahcho Kue Mine. As an environmental engineer by training, he started his career on abandoned mine assessment and cleanup in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut over 10 years ago. At the current position, he is determined to engage with De Beers’s indigenous partners and bring indigenous knowledge into the environmental management and monitoring of Gahcho Kue Mine. He is a proud father of two beautiful young children.
Joline Husky – Tłı̨chǫ Government
ROBERT GABRIEL SAYINE – Deninu Kue First Nation
Robert was born and raised in Fort Resolution, NWT, and attended residential school in Fort Resolution. Robert has served in local politics since the early 1970s to present, including serving as Chief of Fort Resolution and as a band Councillor. Robert has also served as the Mayor and Member of Legislation for Tu Nedhe. Currently, he serves as sub-chief for Deninu Kué First Nation and represents DKFN at the Ni Hadi Xa governance committee. Robert is also father, grandfather, and great great-grandfather.
Machel Thomas – Yellowknives Dene First Nation
A native of Jamaica, Machel works for the Yellowknives Dene First Nation as Regulatory Research Officer. He holds a BSc. In Surveying and a MSc. in Land Management and Land Tenure from the Technical University Munich, Germany.