Thomas Lafferty is from Behchokǫ̀, NT. Growing up in Behchokǫ̀, on the North Arm of the Great Slave Lake, Thomas had the opportunity to experience and learn his traditional and cultural teachings through his Grandparents, Parents and his school, Chief Jimmy Bruneau School. In high school, he moved to Yellowknife and graduated from St. Pat’s High School. Currently, Thomas works for the Tłı̨chǫ Government as the Training & Occupational Health & Safety Coordinator in his hometown and is proud and happy that he’s working for his community, government and people. Thomas attributes his strengths to having worked in many different fields in industry, mining, recreation and traditional sectors and to the many teachers and elders his life. Thomas is an avid hunter, harvester, and adventurer, and is always willing to learn new things and share these teachings in any way that he can.
As a steering committee member, he feels that NYL’s mission and vision are a perfect fit for his goals to promote the north and our traditional ways. The leadership transformations and encouragement provided and learned through NYL are vital to the North in shaping the future of the youth. Everything we learn from the land will empower us, everything we learn from school will solidify our future and that our traditions and culture are forever ingrained in everyone. He was drawn to NYL through his eldest daughter, Kiana, who was a program participant. The stories and learnings that she shared with him, her friends and family made it easy for him to want to be part of NYL in any capacity. He wishes only for success and a long future for NYL.