Director of Lands
Travis Stewart is part of the Crow clan, his mother is May Stewart, and his Grandmother was May Brodhagen. His traditional name is Dena Cho.
Both his parents were RCMP Officers. In the summers he spent time with his Grandparents on the Hyland River and in the Selwyn mountain ranges. He moved back to the Kaska traditional territory 11 years go after completing his post secondary education. When he moved back, he worked for a community-based non-profit for several years. He has run in three different LFN elections and was successfully voted in as a LFN Councillor from 2017-2020.
Presently he sits as the LFN Lands Director and has the privilege of speaking about Kaska rights and title for LFN. The Kaska traditional territory is a borderless nation that encompasses 90,000 square miles extending from MacMillan Pass in the North to Williston Lake in the South. The Kaska traditional territory includes Federal, Territorial, and Provincial jurisdictions via NWT/ Yukon/ & B.C.
Director of Justice
May Stewart is Kaska and a member of the Crow Clan. She has three adult children Samantha, Crystal, and Travis. She has been inspired by her mother May Brodhagen to pass on her traditional experience and knowledge on to the next generations including to her Grand-daughter Hazel. She is an advocate for collaborative approaches that are rooted in community-based solutions and tries to demonstrate that in her role as Justice Director over the past ten years.
She enjoys spending time on the land with family and friends on the trapline along the Highland River, camping, hunting, fishing, and boating. She also enjoys sewing and beading traditional regalia.
Human Resources Director
Samantha was born and raised in the Yukon and is a member of the Crow Clan with Liard First Nation. She is the youngest daughter of May Stewart and a granddaughter of the late May Brodhagen. Samantha is grateful for the knowledge and life experience she has gained from her family throughout the Kaska Territory.
Samantha has a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis Xavier University, and a Human Resources Management Certificate from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension. Before joining the Liard First Nation team as the Human Resources Director, Samantha worked in the Federal Public Service as a Human Resources Advisor providing advice and guidance to managers on various human resources disciplines including training and professional development. Samantha has a passion for performance management and wellness and hopes to build the capacity within LFN to help all employees to feel empowered and reach their career goals.
Director of Health & Social
Katherine Durocher is a Registered Nurse who worked at the Watson Lake Community Hospital Watson lake since 2000. We welcomed her to the LFN team full time in April 2021. Originally from Surrey, BC she raised all 5 of her children in beautiful Watson Lake. Now all 7 of her Grandchildren are living in the Yukon. She is excited to come on board with LFN as the new Health and Social Director.
Capital and Infrastructure Director
Jesse has lived in Watson Lake, Yukon since 2018, coming from the Regional District of East Kootenays (RDEK), British Columbia and is a licensed municipal water and wastewater utility operator, millwright, and paramedic. Jesse graduated from the Trades and Technology Center at Thompson Rivers University as well as the Justice Institute of British Columbia. He completed his millwright, water/wastewater utility operator, and paramedic certifications and obtained a diploma in water treatment technology.
Jesse has 10+ years of project and manufacturing management experience working for private sector businesses, including as Sr. project manager for Loblaws and OTR retreading facility Manager for KalTire in Western Canada. As a water and wastewater utility operator, Jesse also worked for multiple Municipal Governments, private sector businesses and First Nations Governments in British Columbia and Yukon.
Jesse believes volunteering is an integral part of community living and he is proud of his time with the Columbia Valley Fire Search & Rescue as well as Yukon Emergency Medical Services (YEMS). He also has served the community he resides in for the last five years as a volunteer firefighter, paramedic and station superintendent.
Jesse currently lives with his wife and children.
Director of Language
Martina’s Kaska name is Nóghāmā, given to her by Elder Robert Jules. She been adopted into the Wolf Clan by Leda and Robert Jules. Martina first came through the Kaska territory in 2001, while on a solo bicycle trip across Canada to Alaska. She fell in love with the place instantly and knew she wanted to find her way back to get to know it better. She returned in the summer of 2014 and 2015 as a part of a UBC team, recording with Kaska Elders for the Kaska Talking Dictionary project. During this time, Martina formed a number of truly life-changing relationships with people in the community. Besides Leda and Robert Jules, who continue to guide her until this day, some of her first Kaska teachers included Elders Alice Brodhagen, Maggie Dick, and Mida Donnessey. In 2016, Martina moved to Watson Lake permanently and began working on other Kaska language projects, such as the development of the Kaska Language Website and other language learning resources, including video recording Kaska natural conversations with speakers from Watson Lake, Lower Post, and Ross River. In 2018, Martina began working for the LFN Language Department. She has been interested in languages since she was a child, which eventually led her to studying linguistics and Spanish, earning a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota. Her primary focus of study was on second language acquisition and the maintenance of minority languages. After years of working as a language teacher, she decided to go back to school, pursuing her interest in Indigenous languages, earning a Master’s Degree in Linguistic Anthropology from Northern Arizona University. During her studies, Martina worked with Shoshone and Goshute youth from Utah, Nevada, and Idaho on the reclamation of their ancestral languages. Currently, she is completing her PhD in Linguistic Anthropology at UBC, which focuses on her collaborative work documenting the Kaska language. In her free time, Martina loves spending time outside, especially hiking and skiing in the nearby mountains. She enjoys photography and has been captivated by the beauty of the Kaska territory ever since she arrived. One of her favourite things to do is picking berries with Elders and listening to their stories.
Education and Employment
Jason Peters has experience leading and working for the provincial government, Indigenous organizations, non-Indigenous organizations, private sector, local and international board of directors. This includes the brokering of profitable partnerships between First Nations communities and Canadian businesses. His encounters as a two-time Chief Executive Officer (CEO) assist his understanding of both board and Chief and Council culture. Peters is also a Indigenous sport administrator, Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC), NCCP Coach Developer and board member with multiple sustainable, viable and successful organizations.
Prior to his role with Liard First Nation, Peters worked for Selkirk First Nation, Glooscap Ventures, the Government of New Brunswick’s Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat and the Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities. With GNB he acted as the lead on numerous economic development and community-building files. In this capacity Peters facilitated collaboration between government and First Nations including the Mi’kmaw and Wolastiqik communities, providing advice on planning, program delivery, communications and inter-departmental coordination relating to Aboriginal issues.
As CEO of the Glooscap Ventures, His focus was on helping the Glooscap family thrive. As a company that is 100% owned by the Glooscap First Nation community, our role was to manage community businesses on behalf of Chief and Council, with the goal of facilitating growth and increased community capacity. The profit from those businesses is reinvested in ways that enable the community and its members to become more spirited and full of life with each passing year.
Once elected to the position of Chairperson of both the Beaubassin and Whynotts Mi’kmaq Wind Management Ltd., Peters helped to establish a self-reliant, renewable energy business partnership in the Mi’kmaq communities.
Peters’ coaches basketball at the provincial, regional & high school. He has also worked with Indigenous sport and in 2011 his book Aboriginal Sport Heroes: Atlantic Canada was published.
In 2016, Peters was the recipient of the Aboriginal Start-Up of the Year at the 8th Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award Show and a 2013 inductee of the NB Aboriginal Sports Hall of Fame. Recently he was named to the Basketball Coaches of Canada Advisory Board. Head Coach 2022 Team Yukon Canada Games U18 Women’s basketball team and inducted into the inaugural 2022 North American Indigenous Athletics Hall of Fame