Resource Management Co-ordinator
Dehcho First Nations
Dahti Tsetso is a graduate from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation Sciences, and Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies; she is also a recent graduate from the University of Victoria with a Diploma in Indigenous Language Revitalization. Dahti works as the Resource Management Coordinator for Dehcho First Nations (DFN) in Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories. Through her work with DFN, Dahti is working collaboratively with DFN's ten member communities to develop a regional stewardship and guardian program known as Dehcho K'éhodi (meaning 'Taking care of the Dehcho' in Dehcho Dene Zhatíe). This Indigenous-led program seeks to implement conservation from the Dene perspective by developing land-based stewardship and guardian activities that seek to honour the Dene laws, strengthen the Dene language, and facilitate youth-elder mentorship. A major component of the Déhcho K'ehodi Stewardship & Guardian Program is the establishment of a regional Dehcho Guardian Program. This guardian program is being developed with keystone support from the Dehcho-AAROM program, which is a successful regional- wide program that facilitates community-based water monitoring in the Dehcho. It is with both internal and external partnerships that DFN is developing Déhcho K'ehodi as a network of stewardship and guardianship, and is working to 'take care of the Dehcho.'