John B. Zoe
John B. Zoe has dedicated his life to preserving, reviving, and celebrating the language, culture, and way of life of the Tłı̨chǫ people. John served as Chief Negotiator for the Tłı̨chǫ Nation from 1992 until the establishment of the Tłı̨chǫ Government in 2005. He worked with Elders to revitalize canoeing through Whaèhdǫǫ̀ Etǫ K’è, annual canoe trips intended to inspire and support young people to follow the Trails of Our Ancestors. John’s contributions to Tłı̨chǫ governance and cultural preservation have been recognized with a Tłı̨chǫ Recognition Award, an honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of Alberta, and the Order of the Northwest Territories. John is currently Chair of Dedat’eetsaa, the Tłı̨chǫ Research and Training Institute); Senior Advisor to the Tłı̨chǫ Government; Chair of the Governing Council for Hotıì ts’eeda, a SPOR Unit for the Northwest Territories; and an Adjunct Professor for the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. John’s publications include articles on Tłı̨chǫ ethno-archaeology and place names, sacred sites, and the history of settlement types and traditional architecture.