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Debbie DeLancey is a long-term northerner with many years of experience working for communities, Indigenous organizations and governments in the Northwest Territories. Her work with NWT Indigenous groups included coordinating the Dene Nation’s Southern Support activities during the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry, working with the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada’s Inukshuk Broadcasting pilot project in the early 1980’s, supporting the Dene Nation’s participation in hearings related to the Norman Wells pipeline project, and acting as Research Manager for an Indigenous-owned consulting firm specializing in community development and participatory action research.
In 1987 she joined the Government of the Northwest Territories. During her nearly 30 years with GNWT, she held several senior positions, including Deputy Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Deputy Minister of Human Resources, and Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services.
Since moving to Yellowknife in 1977, Debbie has also lived in Baker Lake, Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit), and Fort Good Hope. While living in Fort Good Hope during the 1980’s, she was privileged to spend time on the land with her extended family, experiencing traditional fall hunt and spring hunt activities and learning from elders.
Debbie recently retired from her career in the GNWT to pursue other interests, which include promoting the importance of land-based programming for Indigenous communities and advancing effective program delivery through performance measurement and evaluation.
Debbie has a MAE in Assessment and Evaluation from Melbourne University, and holds the designation of Credentialled Evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society. She sits on the boards of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, the Canadian Frailty Network, the Alberta/NWT Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society, and AVENS – A Community for Seniors.