Lutselke Dene First Nation, NWT
Eileen is a member of the Lutselke Dene First Nation in the Northwest Territories, however she resides in Yellowknife. She holds a Masters Degree in Communication Management from McMaster University. Eileen is keenly aware of the importance of strategic communications, public relations, Indigenous relations, and public and Indigenous engagement on projects and other major initiatives that involve a variety of people coming together. She has conducted research on How and to What Extent do Government Communications Impact Trust and Indigenous Relations: Recommendations to Build Strategic Relationships. Eileen emphasizes the importance of Indigenous inclusiveness and ‘Indigenous lens’ at every project planning table that involve Indigenous governments. She has experience in a variety of settings from non-profit, to industry, to Indigenous governance, and to western governance. Eileen worked on the Taltson Hydro Expansion Project with the Government of Northwest Territories as the Indigenous Relations Advisor and now works as the Manager of Communications, Engagement, and Partnerships with the Mackenzie Valley Review Board. She firmly believes in building Indigenous capacity for major energy projects or other major initiatives that involve Indigenous.