In November 2019, the Land and Environment Department went through a reorganization which included shuffling staff and the creation of new departments. The Environment Department was one of the new departments created from the reorganization and was tasked with the responsibility to manage and protect the non-renewable, renewable, and cultural resources in Chief Drygeese Territory.
Sarah Gillis – Director
Sarah is responsible for the effective and efficient operation in areas of natural resources, regulatory, and environment monitoring for all aspects for the YKDFN Environment Department. They are also responsible to lead the YKDFN Strategic Plans pertaining to environment management. Sarah works closely with leadership, liaises with other government officials, and manages Environment staff to coordinate YKDFN’s participation in all environmental processes occurring in Chief Drygeese Territory.
William Lines – Community Liaison & Technical Advisor
William is responsible for coordinating and facilitation YKDFN’s participation in the Giant Mine Remediation project through the environmental assessment and long-term monitoring. He provides advice and recommendations on environmental and technical issues surrounding the project as well as works collaboratively with community members to provide input on the project.
Kynyn Doughty – Community Project Coordinator
Kynyn works closely with the University of Ottawa and Wilfred Laurier University to coordinate YKDFN’s participation in the Health Effects Monitoring Program (HEMP) and Hoèla Weteèst’eèdeè Study Program, respectively. She is also engaged in other processes related to the Giant Mine file and supports the Community Liaison & Technical Advisor position.
Ryan Miller – Akaitcho Remediation Coordinator
Ryan works closely with Indigenous and Norther Affairs Canada, Contaminants and Remediation Division (INAC-CARD) Project Managers and is responsible for coordinating all work plan activities for all remediation projects within Chief Drygeese Territory. His focus has been on Tundra Mine, Gordon Lake group of mines, and Bullmoose-Ruth Mine Remediations projects, as well as the Discovery Mine monitoring.
Natisha Drygeese – Dinaga Wekehodi Project Coordinator
Natisha is responsible for coordinating YKDFN’s participation in the Dinaga Wekehodi establishment process with the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). She attends meetings with the GNWT and other parties to actively participate in planning work, and coordinates community engagement and field work associated with the candidate protected area.