Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox, Scientific Director, is responsible for the overall scientific and administrative direction of Hotıì ts’eeda.
Stephanie grew up in Inuvik, NT, graduating from Samuel Hearne Secondary School. She went on to earn a BA and MA in Political Science at the University of Alberta, and received a PhD from Cambridge University during 2005, where she was a Major Scholar at Magdalene College during her studies. She is the author of numerous academic books and articles, including Finding Dahshaa: Self Government, Social Suffering and Aboriginal Policy in Canada (UBC Press, 2009), a standard text in Indigenous Studies programs at many Canadian universities.
For the past two decades Stephanie has worked for Indigenous peoples’ organizations across the NWT on Treaty negotiations and Treaty implementation. She has a long-standing interest in the effects of government policy choices for social determinants of health. She is an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration; is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies; is on the Editorial Board of Northern Public Affairs Magazine; and, a Member (Federal) of the Gwich’in Arbitration Board.