Challenges and opportunities in the North
School of Education and Technology associate faculty member Mary-Anne Neal recently returned from Yellowknife, where she addressed the Sahtu Secretariat. This organization is responsible for developing policies for a range of services within the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories. Mary-Anne will return to work with them on a strategic plan to improve educational outcomes for Dene and Metis youth.
Using a collaborative process and consulting with all members of neighbouring communities, the Sahtu Dene have made great strides toward self-government while preserving the essence of their unique culture. Serious challenges such as climate change, declining caribou herds, globalization, mining and mineral exploration threaten the delicate balance between people and the environment that has survived since the last ice age.
The Dene Nation leads the way in modeling the openness, optimism and maturity needed to meet the global challenge of climate change. Mary-Anne hopes to build capacity in northern youth so they can help to create a better future for all.