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Area of Expertise: Business
"I think that we can achieve this by focusing on human wellness and that's the First Nations way. It's about ensuring our people are healthy and well and we do that by connecting to our culture our language and our land."
Jocelyn Joe-Strack, Daqualama (Da-kal-a-ma), is a member of the Wolf Clan of northwestern Canada’s Champagne and Aishihik First Nation. Jocelyn is an Indigenous scientist, philosopher and entrepreneur who strives to evolve tomorrow’s policies by blending yesterday’s ancestral lessons with today’s systematic knowledge. She uses her experience as a trained microbiologist, hydrologist and policy analyst along with her cultural foundations to explore resilient approaches to challenges such as climate change, societal wellbeing and prosperity. With her business, Subarctic Research & Strategy, she is currently leading development of a progressive Land Use Plan for her First Nation’s Traditional Territory – which will contribute to the Yukon-wide regional land planning process. She is concurrently applying this experience to work towards a PhD in Sustainability & Environment with the University of Saskatchewan. Daqualama was born and currently lives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory with her husband and two young children.