Elder Roger Ellis

Knowledge Keeper & Elder, Yukon First Nation Education Directorate

Roger is a Trondëk Elder. He is from the Wolf Clan. I am a residential school survivor. I was struck by lightning at 14. It took 2 long years of pain and suffering to recover. I have survived the negative effects of residential school but not easily. My journey has taken me to deep dark despair which resulted in me drinking away 20 years. I chose to stop and better my life.  I graduated grade 12, furthered my education, worked for government then I worked for C.A.I.R.S for 15 years helping others with their healing journey. I now work for Yukon First Nation Education Directorate helping Indigenous students of Yukon so they have a better experience than I did. I am a Knowledge Keeper who teaches the youth about our culture and language which thankfully I did not lose during my time in residential school.  I have 3 daughters. I lost my youngest at age 35 to cancer. I have grandchildren, 2 boys and a girl.

Speaker Sessions

Northern Food Innovation Challenge: Supporting Food Resilient Communities in the Territories

  • Building Resilient Communities
  • Government Policy and Corporate Governance
  • Indigenous Leadership and Ways of Knowing
  • Innovation, Technology and Deployment
Session Date
Wednesday, Feb 14 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Featuring
Joseph Paul Murdoch-Flowers Co-Executive Director, Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre
Shari Fox Director, Ittaq Heritage and Research Centre
Robert Kautuk Photographer & Manager of Multimedia, Ittaq Heritage and Research Centre
Kim-Marie Rumley Director, Yukon First Nation Education Directorate
Elder Roger Ellis Knowledge Keeper & Elder, Yukon First Nation Education Directorate
Isaiah Devilliers First Nations Youth, Yukon First Nation Education Directorate
Meg Potter Director of Finance, Yukon First Nation Education Directorate
Derek Erasmus Project Coordinator, Fort Simpson Metis Development Corporation
Pitseolak Pfeifer President and CEO, Inuit Solutions
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