Dr. John B. Zoe (Tłı̨chǫ)
Senior Advisor, Tłı̨chǫ Government
Theme Co-Lead, Indigenous Relationships to Land
Dr. John B. Zoe was the Chief Land Claims Negotiator for the former Treaty 11 Council of the NWT from 1992 until its conclusion with the establishment of the Tłı̨chǫ Government in 2005. John is now a senior advisor to the Tłı̨chǫ Government.
He has an Honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of Alberta in recognition of his work in the development of the new government, as well as his contributions to involving elders and youth in projects that are built upon a foundation of Tłı̨chǫ language, culture and way of life.
His own publications include articles on Dogrib ethno-archaeology and place names, Dogrib sacred sites, and the history of settlement types and traditional architecture.
John is the Community Advisor for the Tłįchǫ region with the NWT On The Land Collaborative, bringing invaluable experiences developing and supporting land-based programs in Tłįchǫ N’de. He played a pivotal role in the creation and ongoing success of Wha Dǫ Ehtǫ K’è (Trails of Our Ancestors), an annual canoe trip that keeps Tłįchǫ history and culture alive by retracing traditional routes.
John was elected as a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America in 1997.
John B. Zoe writing in the special On the Land issue of Northern Public Affairs: Following the Trails of Our Ancestors: Re-grounding Tłįchǫ Knowledge On the Land