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Denise McDonald advises Hotıì ts'eeda on the Yakeh Naa'ih Health Leaders program. She has served for many years in leadership roles in education, health, and research in the Northwest Territories as superintendent of education for the Beaufort Delta Education Council, as regional wellness director for the Gwich’in Tribal Council, and director of research development for the Institute of Circumpolar Health Research. Denise holds a Master of Education from the University of Alberta, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alberta School of Public Health. She incorporates her knowledge about teaching and learning with her first-hand experience being an Indigenous graduate student. Denise enhances the learning environment for Inuvik-based students by providing seminars on distance learning strategies using her traditional Indigenous values and knowledge. She also co-supervises graduate students who are applying traditional knowledge, community-based methods, and knowledge translation in their research.