Kwäday Dän Ts'ìnchi Biographies

Kwäday Dän Ts'ìnchi Information Session
November 30, 2000

Lawrence Joe
Director - Heritage, Lands and Resources
Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
Haines Junction and Whitehorse, Yukon

Professional Background

Lawrence Joe is director of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) Heritage, Lands, and Resources Department. Lawrence belongs to the Crow Clan of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, and has strong family ties to Klukshu fishing village. Lawrence first worked for various federal government departments after obtaining a diploma in renewable resource management in 1984. He was recruited by Champagne and Aishihik First Nations in 1989. Since his initial studies on moose and fisheries resources within the traditional territory, he has had various responsibilities, including negotiations for Yukon lands and renewable resources, and transboundary negotiations with the BC and federal governments, the latter leading to the joint management agreement for Tatshenshini-Alsek Park. As director of the First Nations' largest department, he is responsible for management of CAFN's "Settlement Lands" as well as facilitating the First Nations in assuming a greater role in the management of all lands and resources within the traditional territory. Lawrence also serves as chair of the Yukon-wide, co-operative, Fish and Wildlife Management Board.

Research Description

As CAFN's senior representative on the Kwäday Dän Ts'ìnchi Management Group, Lawrence considers his primary responsibility is to ensure that the values of his First Nations are honored in all decisions regarding Kwäday Dän Ts'ìnchi. Knowing the significance of the discovery, Lawrence is committed to having First Nation's priorities recognized in all aspects of the project.

Research Team Members

Lawrence works with Heritage Planner Sarah Gaunt and Heritage Resources Officer Diane Strand, CAFN's other representatives on the Kwäday Dän Ts'ìnchi Management Team.

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For more information, contact:

Sarah Gaunt
Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
Phone: (867) 667-7825

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