George Cleary has stood out as a prominent fixture in the history of treaty-making in the Sahtu region. He led the regional tribal council that negotiated and signed the Agreement. Here, Dakota Erutse reflects on the influence of George Cleary today.
Dakota Erutse is in constant search for a real Canadian—and has yet to find one. Since he believes that poets and novelists are the voice to life’s edifying lessons, he studies English literature. Since he has an Indian Status Card, he also reads Aboriginal law. His days revolve around leisurely coffee and a conviction that people need both brutal honesty and sincere encouragement. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was born in Yellowknife and raised in Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories.