Board of Directors
Glen Coulthard is Yellowknives Dene and an associate professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program 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 in 2014/2015, and the Rik Davidson Studies in Political Economy Award for Best Book in 2016. He is also a board member and instructor at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning.
Charlene Liske is a Yellowknives Dene First Nation member from Te?ehdaa, NT. Charlene graduated from St. Patrick High School in 2002 and continued her studies at Grande Prairie Regional College in the Early Learning & Child Care Program for 2 years. She is a proud mother of 4 children. Charlene & her husband continue to teach their children their traditional way of life living off the land. She has worked with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation for the last 10 years as the Community Wellness Programmer, where she is known to coordinate all the special & culture events in the communities of Dettah/Ndilo. She now sits on the Dettah District Education Authority as the vice-chair person. She has also sat on the Mackenzie Recreation Association Executive Board for the North Salve Region and on the Dechinta Board of Directors. Now she is employed with Dechinta as the Lands and Culture Resource Director.
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer, musician and member of Alderville First Nation. She is the author of seven previous books, including newly released, A Short History of the Blockade, and the novel Noopiming: A Cure for White Ladies which was released in the US in 2021 by the University of Minnesota Press. Leanne has released four albums including f(l)ight and Noopiming Sessions, and her new work Theory of Ice. Her latest book, co-authored with Robyn Maynard and entitled Rehearsals for Living: Conversations on Abolition and Anti-Colonialism, is forthcoming in 2022. Leanne works with the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning as an instructor.
Phillip Liske is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation and has served as a Councillor for the community of Ndilo for 12 consecutive years. Phillip grew up in Ndilo. In his position as a leader in the community he stands strong on the treaties and he will bring this strength to the Dechinta Board. Phillip is a father of four children and is also a grandfather to four grandchildren. In 1973 Phillip took part in a paddle for the YukonTerritories 70th Anniversary where he paddled from Skagway Alaska to Dawson City , Yukon. Philip also represented the Northwest Territories is a cross country canoe race as part of the 1967 Centennial Voyageur paddle from Rocky Mountain House Montreal and Expo. Phillip was employed as a Game Warden for the Government of the Northwest Territories for 32 years. He is now retired and happily married to his wife Ethel.
Lianne Marie Leda Charlie
Lianne Marie Leda Charlie is Wolf Clan and Tagé Cho Hudän | Big River People (Northern Tutchone speaking people of the Yukon). Her maternal grandparents are Donna Olsen (first generation Canadian of Danish ancestry) and Benjamin Larusson (first generation Canadian of Icelandic ancestry) and her paternal grandparents are Leda Jimmy of Tánintsę Chú Dachäk | Little Salmon River and Big Salmon Charlie of Gyò Cho Chú | Big Salmon River. She was born in Whitehorse to her mother, Luanna Larusson, and late father, Peter Andrew Charlie. Lianne grew up on the unceded Lekwungen territories in what is commonly referred to as Victoria, BC, where she went to school and university. She is a PhD Candidate in the Indigenous Politics Program in the Political Science Department at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa (UHM). Her research focuses on modern treaty politics in the Yukon. Lianne is mom to Luka Gyo and a multimedia artist. She has created community murals in Whitehorse, Łu Ghą, and Mayo and co-created four pieces for To Talk With Others (Valerie Salez), including a life-size hot pink papîer maché bull moose made out of the Umbrella Final Agreement. Lianne is a faculty member in the Indigenous Governance Degree Program at Yukon University and on the board for Dechinta: Centre for Research and Learning.
Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2008. Her doctoral research focused on Anishinaabe treaty-making with the United States and Canada and serves as the foundation for her manuscript - Unsettled: Anishinaabe Treaty-Relations and U.S./Canada State-Formation (In progress, University of Minnesota Press, First Peoples Series). Her primary area of research and teaching is in the field of Indigenous Comparative Politics, Native Diplomacy & Treaty and Aboriginal Rights. She is the co-editor of Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories with Jill Doerfler and Niigaanwewidam Sinclair (Michigan State University Press, 2013) and is the co-author of the third edition of American Indian Politics and the American Political System (2010) with Dr. David E. Wilkins.