Welcome to NorthernYouth.ca | Northern Youth is a project on Tides Canada's Shared Platform

Our Staff

Joanna Lehrer
Project Director

Joanna comes to us from Ontario by way of Inuvik, Victoria and Montreal. She has spent time on the land in every place she’s lived, and is excited to learn about the landscape and waters of Great Slave Lake.  Learning with youth on-the-land has been a passion of hers for 15 years, and she is delighted to return to this work. Joanna has previously directed the Inuvik Youth Centre Society, and worked as a criminal defence lawyer. Joanna is grateful to her parents, sister, friends and co-workers for teaching her about how to travel respectfully on-the-land, and for showing her how calming and fulfilling that time is.  You can contact Joanna by email at [email protected] or by phone at 867-445-4558.




Leadership Development Program

2021 Youth Staff


Ella Kokelj

Amelie Aubrey-Smith

Connor Mackenzie

Haiden Duncan

Mataya Gillis

Our Steering Committee

Tee Lim

Tee is a Settler-Immigrant who was born and raised in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and moved to Canada in 2010 to complete a Master’s degree at the University of British Columbia. Through his graduate studies, Tee completed community-based research examining the impacts and legacies of resource development and mine closure in the Canadian North. Tee moved to Sǫǫ̀mbak’è /Yellowknife in 2013, and through various roles has focused on Indigenous-led research, conservation, environmental and land and resource management issues. Tee currently serves as Senior Research Advisor in the Tłı̨chǫ Government Department of Culture and Lands Protection.

Tee has both experienced and witnessed the transformative potential of on the land activities and opportunities, particularly among youth, and is motivated to continue facilitating these types of experiences for other youth. He has participated in community hunts and other on the land activities and programs such as the Tłı̨chǫ Wha Dǫ Ehtǫ K’è (Trails of Our Ancestors). Tee is a keen paddler and hiker who loves to spend time out on the land, and is passionate about getting himself and others out into the bush as much as possible.

Scott Willoughby
Scott is originally from Ontario but has have lived in Yellowknife for 30 years.  He has been on the steering committee for a year, and joined because his daughter worked for NYL and  had great experiences.  It inspired Scott to give back to his community and he joined the steering committee!
Scott has taught at Sir John Franklin for fifteen years but his job at the moment  is the Regional Indigenous Education Coordinator  for Yellowknife Education District Number 1.  He really enjoys seeing  young people come from all different committees across the north to  work, travel and learn together on the land.  Scott has so many amazing memories of  spending time  with his own family and with school  groups  experiencing incredible places in the north.