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.

Erin Linklater, Co-Chair (Yukon)

Erin Linklater is of Vuntut Gwich’in, Tetlit Gwich’in and settler descent and is a citizen of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. She was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon and has spent much of the last decade living in and visiting Old Crow. Erin identifies strongly with the Gwich’in land, people, culture and way of life. As a GCI board member, she endeavours to bring the strong voices of Gwich’in people across the Gwich’in Nation to the international arena.

Erin completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at McGill University and a Juris Doctor at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. She is a member of the British Columbia and Yukon bar associations, and is currently based in Whitehorse, practicing Aboriginal law at Woodward and Company LLP. She is passionate about the revitalization of Indigenous law and strengthening Indigenous governance, decision-making, and stewardship of lands and resources.

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 completed a Masters of Education from Acadia University and worked as the school counsellor for East Three Secondary School. She recently moved to Yellowknife NT to take on the role of Territorial Based Support Team Coordinator with the Student Support and Wellness Division of Education, Culture, and Employment with the Government of the Northwest Territories.

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.

Kibbe Tetlichi (Yukon)

Kibbe Tetlichi is a Vuntut Gwich’in Member from Old Crow, Yukon. Being from a village located in the northern Yukon Territory, he was raised on the Land learning the traditional way of life. He has been practicing and evolving the skills of hunting, fishing, and trapping, along with many other necessary skills to reside in the Circumpolar Region. He is a descendant of the Tukduh Gwich’in People that originate from Kaachik, of what is now known as Johnson Creek Village, which is located near the headwaters of the Porcupine River.

Kibbe lives in his hometown and works as a Journeyman Carpenter, and has worked throughout the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and British Columbia. He has acquired over 20 years of versatile experience in the construction industry, especially in learning efficient building practices in a changing Arctic climate. One aspect of this experience has taught him how to coach and develop skills with Apprentice Carpenters, to prepare individuals as they enter the workforce and to help them with their personal development. Aside from the hands-on aspect of this trade, it involves many similar concepts of Living on the Land including teamwork, goal orientation, life-skills management, and career and personal planning. Kibbe’s goal is to bring his personal experience, cultural background, education, and training to serve as a GCI Board Member.

Vacant (Alaska)

 

Past Board Members

We are grateful to all those who have volunteered time and expertise as past Board Members and volunteers. During periods of transition, Board Members may mentor others or retain portfolios to ensure continuity.