Ts'eko Nàgeètso Speaker Series

Dechinta is excited to announce our upcoming online speaker series this fall featuring the brilliant voices of Northern Indigenous women! These events will be open to everyone and will all take place from 12-1pm MST.

Event Schedule

  • September 29th: Mandee McDonald, "“Regenerating Indigenous Governance: Theories in Hide Tanning” 

  • October 26th: Lianne Marie Leda Charlie, “The Moose & Northern Tutchone Governance in the Making”

  • November 3rd: Crystal Fraser, Title of presentation TBA

  • December 7th: Leela Gilday, “The Power of the Dene Voice” 

  • Siku Allooloo, Title and Date TBA

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Lianne Marie Leda Charlie:
“The Moose and Northern Tutchone Governance in the Making”

Over a six-week period in 2018, Lianne -- along with friends, family, and 30 Whitehorse-based community members -- made a life-size hot pink papier mâché bull moose out of the Umbrella Final Agreement, the framework that guides modern-treaty making in the Yukon. While the objective from the outset was simply to create the art piece, Lianne did not predict that making the moose would become a project in governance. What can art-making reveal about creating and sustaining alternative governance models that are rooted in Indigenous values and desires? This presentation will put a chapter from Lianne's dissertation into conversation with the community. Her work explores arts-based pedagogy, building Indigenous-centered spaces, facilitating settler responsibility, and re-creating ancestral governance models.


To register for Lianne's talk, click the following link: 


Mandee McDonald:
“Regenerating Indigenous Governance: Theories in Hide Tanning”

Mandee McDonald is a hide tanner, facilitator, and a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta where her work focuses on Indigenous governance and land-based learning. She is a co-founder and the Managing Director for Dene Nahjo, an Indigenous innovation collective that strives to foster Indigenous leadership skills and values through resurgence-based initiatives.

Mandee is Maskîkow (Swampy Cree), originally from Mántéwisipihk (Churchill, MB), and has resided in Sòmba K’è (Yellowknife) for the past twenty years.  Her writing has been published in Decolonization: Indigeneity and Education Society, Northern Public Affairs, and in Visions of the Heart: Issues Involving Indigenous Peoples in Canada 5th Edition.


Registration for this event is now closed! A video recording and transcript of Mandee's talk will be posted soon.