The Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation elder’s advisory council is made up of elders from each of the main regions of the NWT and Nunavut. The following map shows the communities and regions that our elders represent. Many of our elders are quiet and peaceful people and have asked us just to list the communities that they come from; other elders have been listed by name under their region.

Be’sha Blondin

Director – Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation
Health Administrator, Northern Ice Director, Community Development Expert

Be’sha Blondin is an elder from the Sahtu Region of the NWT with 40 years of experience in indigenous traditional health and wellness. From her youth, Be’sha learned about environmental laws, traditional law, life skills, and knowledge and medicines of the land from her family and elders. She has worked with communities in the north and across Canada for over 35 years, delivering land-based healing programs; developing wellness plans; and teaching ceremonies, healing practices, cultural competency, and traditional knowledge approaches to wellness. Be’sha is an experienced healthcare administrator and program developer who has been involved in the development of many of the health programs that are still being delivered in the NWT today. In 2010, she founded Northern ICE to continue her work to strengthen Aboriginal communities in the north.


James Christie

Born and raised in Fort Providence, James has been involved working with the Fort Providence Métis Council for over four decades. He presently serves on numerous boards and committees as a volunteer in addition to raising funds to help the homeless.

Theresie Tungilik

Annie Quirke

Bessie Sitaltak