When it comes to recruitment, training and development, Kris Reynolds believes it all starts with strong relationships. By being an active member of her home community, Kris, as an HR advisor, can have open and honest conversations with employees and prospective employees. And it’s English River First Nation that inspires her to try to recreate a sense of community within Des Nedhe Group – where people feel like they belong.
The importance of information in any consultation between Indigenous communities and industry or government cannot be overstated. Both parties must be privy to assessments, statements and documents, and they must be presented in a way that is clear and transparent for all involved. Cheyenna Campbell fills this information gap with every project she works on, so that industry players are developing their resources in the most respectful and ethical way. And as an English River First Nation band member and a lawyer, the work she’s doing is giving back to the community that gave her so much.
Uranium doesn’t have a direct translation in Dene. At first it was called the “big shell” or the “big bomb” because that was the only thing it had been described as. Elder Isidore Campbell believes his family has an intrinsic connection. Over the years he was called to find out more and today he is confident some of the community’s biggest goals for environmental and economic prosperity can be realized through robust participation in the nuclear space.