Jonas Sangris is serving his 6th term Councilor for Dettah, one of two communities within the Yellowknives Dene First Nation near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. He also served 3 terms as Chief of Yellowknives Dene First Nation, retiring as Chief in June 1999. He also served as the Community Negotiator for 8 years. He also was owner and operator of Akaitcho Bay Trucking for 9 years after having been a contracted by the GNWT for Municipal Services for many years prior.
Jonas is the third oldest of seven children and has four sisters and two brothers.
After spending his schooling in Residence to grade 8 he stayed at home to help his dad with trapping and hunting. He gained experience through hard work and perseverance.
Spending time with his family, especially with his grandchildren, bring him much joy and being an active part of their lives is a priority. As a past hockey player, he enjoys now watching his sons and grandsons play hockey, as well as any sports all his children and grandchildren take part in.
As a Councilor Jonas is committed to be a strong leader for the members of his community. Though Jonas is busy with being a Councilor, he makes time to continue to hunt, and spend time at his cabin whenever he can with his grandchildren to help teach them to hunt and fish.