How can land-based learning inform collaborative governance processes? 2018-2019 Glassco Fellow Chloe Dragon Smith discusses her research on expanding and integrating on the Land learning in the Northwest Territories.
Chloe Dragon Smith
Chloe Dragon Smith is a young woman born and raised in Somba K’é (Yellowknife), Denendeh (NWT). Of German, Dënesųłiné, Métis, and French heritage, she grew up close to her Indigenous cultural values and learned skills for living on the Land. Her mother is Brenda Dragon, her father is Leonard Smith, and her grandmother is Jane Dragon. The women and men of her maternal lineage lived, harvested, ate, shared, struggled, loved, and died on the Land in the boreal forests of northern Canada, where she lives today. While she has western education credentials, she has learned most of what she knows from her family and the Land. As a mixed-blood person, Chloe feels a constant responsibility to bridge barriers and help create balance however she can.