During this time too, the Dene Nation
was flourishing under the powerful leadership of Georges Erasmus.
Some will have seen his films I Was Born Here (1976) and Dene Nation
As historians' time goes--to say nothing of Dene time--it was only yesterday (in the mid-1970s) that the Dene burst upon the public stage with their spirited opposition to the Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline, and with their claim, in the name of the Dene Nation
, to one-ninth of Canada.
SPA has already signed a MOU with the Williams Lake Indian Band, Soda Creek Indian Band and most recently with the Lhtako Dene Nation
Panelists who shared their perspectives included Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; Robert Bertrand, National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples; Francyne Joe, President of the Native Womens Association of Canada; and Francois Paulette, Elder of the Dene Nation
Erasmus was co-chair of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and formerly held the positions of president of the Dene Nation
and national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.
Chief Bill Erasmus attended an Embassy event, at a large tourism expo in Berlin, Germany, to draw attention to the issue of Canadian oil sands development.
Chiefs of the Buffalo River Dene Nation
, Canoe Lake Cree, Cold Lake First Nation, and Waterhen Lake First Nation have all agreed to a business venture that will see oil extracted from the Primrose Air Weapons Range.
T'Seleie was part of the generation of Dene and Metis leaders, including Francois Paulette, James Wahshee, George Erasmus, Stephen Kakfwi, and many others, who helped form the Dene Nation
and crafted a land-claims and self-government strategy that inspired worldwide support.
One of these students is 23-year-old Dawn Cheecham from Clearwater River Dene Nation
, the daughter of Chief Roy Cheecham and Delores Cheecham.
According to Ted Lattimore, Carmanah CEO, "The Tsay Keh Dene Nation
represents the first installation of a deployable solar-powered runway in British Columbia, yet given the abundance of rural airfields that service communities throughout Northern Canada, it won't be the last.
Suzanne Stewart, a member of the Yellowknife Dene Nation
, said "The conference is oversold every year, and we have people coming from coast to coast.