Fort Nelson First Nation, BC
Taylor Behn-Tsakoza is a proud Dene woman from the Fort Nelson First Nation, BC Treaty 8 Territory. Born and raised in her community, Taylor returned home the day after her last exam of her Health and Physical Education degree to work towards her vision of making her community a better place to live for everyone. Coming from a health and recreation background and years of experience working with Indigenous youth on and off-reserve, clean energy is a new but exciting field, that Taylor is honoured to be working on. She is currently the Community Liaison and Research Coordinator for her Nations Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal project. Repurposing the Clarke Lake gas field into a sustainable, geothermal project has potential to revolutionize the north and bring food and energy security to her nation.
Embracing her role as a youth has allowed Taylor to advise and speak to issues that affect Indigenous youth at every level of government and society. Taylor’s biggest honour is co-chairing the Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council. Building up other young people to be leaders in their communities and beyond is the most meaningful work she has done. Other interests of hers are life promotion, treaty rights and land-based wellness.