Denise McDonald

Staff Role:
Advisor of the Yakeh Naa'ih Health Leaders Program

Connect with Denise to talk about: Wellness, Youth Mentorship and Research.


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 of teaching and learning strategies with first-hand experience of being an Indigenous graduate student and traditional Indigenous values and knowledge to enhance the learning environment for Inuvik-based students by providing seminars on distance learning strategies. She also co-supervises graduate students who are applying traditional knowledge in their research, and community-based methods and knowledge translation through Indigenous governments and northern communities.