Eileen is a member of the Lutselke Dene First Nation in the Northwest Territories, but she currently resides in Yellowknife. She holds a Master’s 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 significant initiatives involving various people coming together. She has researched How and to What Extent do Government Communications Impact Trust and Indigenous Relations: Recommendations to Build Strategic Relationships.
Eileen emphasizes the importance of inclusivity and an ‘Indigenous lens’ at every project planning table that involves Indigenous governments. She has experience in various settings, including non-profit, industry, Indigenous governance, and Western governance. She’s worked on the Taltson Hydro Expansion Project with the Government of Northwest Territories as the Indigenous Relations Advisor. She now works as the Manager of Communications, Engagement, and Partnerships with the Mackenzie Valley Review Board. Eileen firmly believes in building Indigenous capacity for significant energy projects or other initiatives involving Indigenous communities.