Voice of the Dene

Mary-Anne Neal
Mary-Anne Neal and David Codzi at the book launch in Fort Good Hope

Working with Dene youth to improve their literacy skills as well as increase pride in their heritage, School of Education and Technology Professor Mary-Anne Neal directed the Dene Heroes writing project. The project is a collaborative effort between the K’Ahsho Got’ine District, Aurora College and the Sahtu District Education Council. Dene from the past, present and future are celebrated within the covers of the book. Neal compiled and edited the stories in volume 1 of Dene Heroes of the Sahtu. 

The young Indigenous authors were recognized at a community celebration in Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories on Jan. 12, 2017. Each person who contributed a story, drawing or photograph was given two books: one to keep and one to share with someone they admire. In years to come, community members in all five Sahtu communities will acquire a library of Dene heroes.

Dene Heroes of the Sahtu gives the Dene a voice. This book is the first in a series that will stretch well into the future, connecting generations and creating a lasting legacy. 

The book launch was covered by CBC, News of the North and CKLB Radio