Lianne Mantla-Look

Staff Role:
Associate Scientific Director

Connect with Lianne to talk about: Patient Engagement, Community Health and Nursing.


Lianne Mantla-Look is a Registered Nurse from the Tłı̨chǫ community of Behchokǫ̀, NT. She has a diploma in Nursing from Aurora College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberta. She has been nursing since 2003. In 2014 Lianne received Health Canada’s Award of Excellence in Nursing from the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch.

Throughout her life, Lianne’s parents instilled a strong sense of cultural identity in her. Her mother works as a Tłı̨chǫ culture and language coordinator, and during his lifetime her father was a traditional hunter and trapper. She is the first person in her region to have completed a degree in nursing, which is viewed as quite an achievement.  It has been said about Lianne that she is “strong like two people,” a Tłı̨chǫ maxim that describes being able to thrive in both traditional Indigenous and Western cultures. She has an abundance of determination and exhibits a high degree of independence. Combined, these characteristics make her a good community role model and enable her to embrace change and to be uniquely different.

“Being able to speak Tłı̨chǫ as my first language is such a blessing. It has helped and continues to help me bring cultures together as a health care provider. I believe I embody the Tłı̨chǫ philosophy of “Being Strong Like Two People.””

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