François Paulette

A Dene Suline and member of the Smith’s Landing Treaty 8 First Nation, François is a respected Dënesųłiné Elder and was the youngest chief elected in the Northwest Territories. In 1972, along with other chiefs, he challenged the crown to recognize treaty and Aboriginal rights. He served on the National Indian Brotherhood Treaty Implementation Committee, the Assembly of First Nations Renewal Commission, and the Parks Canada Aboriginal Consultative Committee and has spoken internationally on Dene history and rights. He is past chair of the Stanton Territorial Health Authority Elders’ Advisory Council.