Karli Tyance Hassell

Senior Policy Coordinator

Tlingit & Haida, Native Lands and Resources Division

Boozhoo! I am Anishinaabe from Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (Gull Bay First Nation – Awaasii(Catfish)/Miigizi(Eagle) doodem) with mixed Ukrainian, English and Irish ancestry. I grew up on the north shore of Lake Superior in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. I first came to Dena’ina Ełnena in 2017 to study as a master’s student with the Fisheries, Aquatic Science and Technology Laboratory at Alaska Pacific University. I have a broad background in environmental and fisheries science and experience in Indigenous land stewardship planning – including expertise in equitable engagement strategies for Tribal partnerships, knowledge co-production, communications, facilitation, and community-based science, research, and engagement. I often liaise across different ways of knowing and knowledge systems, interdisciplinary teams and sectors, and aim to strengthen relationships among Indigenous communities, youth and Elders, academia and scientists, policy-makers and managers. My Anishinaabe values and traditional teachings are the foundations which drive my passion in serving Indigenous communities. I aim to co-create strengthened policy rooted in our values and land-based priorities that can support sustainable decision-making for the next seven generations to come. I am a traditional women’s jingle dress dancer, ribbon skirt-maker, hand drummer, and enjoy being out on the land and water with my family and friends.