Knowledge Keeper Stephen Kakfwi

Northern Dene

Stephen Kakfwi is a lifelong leader in Indigenous rights, environmental stewardship, and reconciliation.

He served as Premier of the Northwest Territories, and as National Chief of the Dene Nation, representing Chiefs of Treaties 8 and 11. He led community consultations for the “Berger Inquiry” into a north-south gas pipeline proposal across the Dene homeland. He led and hosted the visit of Pope John Paul II to northern Canada. 

A husband, father and grandfather, he shares his heroes, homeland, and residential school experiences in his songs and stories.

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