The following are the keynote speakers for the 2017 NWTRPA and Youth Centres Conference.
Justin Ferbey is Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Yukon Government and President of the Yukon Development Corporation. He is also former Chief Executive Officer of the Carcross Tagish Management Corporation, where his efforts resulted in the 2013 Innovator of the Year Award from the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon and Innovator of the Year finalist in the 2013 Canadian Tourism Awards. In 2017 he was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada. Justin was born and raised in the Yukon, and is a citizen of the Carcross Tagish First Nation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and an MBA from the University of Liverpool.
Crystal Fraser is Gwichya Gwich’in, originally from Inuvik. She is currently finishing a PhD in Canadian History at the University of Alberta and her research focuses on the history of residential and day schooling in Inuvik, Northwest Territories from 1955 to 1996. Crystal has been honored with a number of awards, including a SSHRC doctoral fellowship and a visiting doctoral appointment at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Furthermore, Crystal has exchanged ideas and engaged with some of Canada’s top thinkers, including former Prime Minister Kim Campbell. Recently, Crystal co-authored a piece on reconciliation, entitled “150 Acts of Reconciliation for the Final 150 Days of Canada’s 150.” It has been viewed over 22,000 times and can be accessed on www.activehistory.ca