Board of Directors

GCI is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, composed of four members from Canada and four from Alaska. Canada and Alaska each appoint a co-chair from its members.


Edward Alexander, Co-Chair (Alaska)

Ed Alexander is Gwich’yaa Gwich’in from Fort Yukon, Alaska. He is passionate about his language and ensuring that the next generation has access to quality educational opportunities rooted in their language and culture. He advances this goal, in the classroom and by working to provide Gwich’in language resources to the communities, which he has done in his capacity as a teacher, principal, and language coordinator; currently employed as the Yukon Flats Centre Coordinator at the University of Alaska (Fairbanks) and to co-chairman of Gwich’in Council International.

Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm, Co-Chair (Yukon)

Bio coming soon

Sam Alexander (Alaska)

Sam Alexander is a board member at Gwich’in Council International. Sam grew up in Fort Yukon, Alaska where his father was the traditional chief of the Gwichyaa Gwich’in Tribe of Northern Alaska. He spent much of his childhood exploring the Yukon Flats and the Northeastern Brooks Range, living the traditional Gwich’in lifestyle as was taught to him by the elders of his tribe.

Sam graduated from the United States Military Academy and spent ten years as a US Army officer, leaving as a Major in the US Army Special Forces (Green Berets). Following his time in the Army, Sam graduated from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, he became the co-founder and CEO of Latitude six-six, where he takes people on incredible expeditions to showcase his home. In addition to guiding, Sam is a full time faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program.

Sharla Greenland (NWT)

Sharla Greenland is the youngest daughter of Freddie and Bella Greenland. She is Ehditaat Gwich'in on her father's side and Vuntut Gwich'in on her mother's. Sharla was raised in Aklavik NT, and enjoyed most of her childhood summers in Old Crow YT. She spent much of her early years on her family trap-line in the Mackenzie Delta, as well as on family hunting trips up the Porcupine River, learning the Gwich'in lifestyle from her parents, grandparents and the elders in her communities.

Sharla has been an educator in Inuvik, NT for the past 10 years. She is passionate about youth wellness and is an advocate for reconnecting and strengthening cultural practices as the foundation of community health and identity. She recently completed a Masters of Education from Acadia University and is now in her second year as the school counsellor for East Three Secondary School.

Evon Peter (Alaska)

Evon Peter is Neetsaii Gwich’in and Koyukon from Vashraii K’oo (Arctic Village), Alaska, where he previously served as tribal Chief. In addition to his service on the GCI Board, he serves as vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Evon manages six community campuses and sixty workforce development, bridging, academic, and student services programs that serve 160 communities across Alaska. These include programs at the certificate to doctoral level in Indigenous Studies and research. His personal work has focused on incorporating Indigenous knowledge and practices into healing, leadership development, and most recently Alaska Native language programs. He holds a baccalaureate degree in Alaska Native studies and a masters degree in rural development.

Jordan Peterson (NWT)

Jordan Peterson is the Vice-President of Gwich’in Tribal Council, which has responsibility over lands, waters, and resources in the Gwich’in Settlement Area and represents the rights and interests of beneficiaries of the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claims Agreement. He is also a board member of Gwich’in Council International.

Raised in Aklavik, Jordan has dedicated himself to his community through his professional experience at Gwich’in Tribal Council and in his volunteer role as Co-Chair of Our Voices, an Indigenous emerging leaders’ collective which promotes, encourages and implements work for young Indigenous people in the north. Jordan is a Jane Glassco Northern Fellow.