Nurturing, Economics and Indian Affairs with Harold Gatensby
speaks about nurturing and the economics of institutions and bureaucracies.
(Dahka T'lingit) was an honored 2006 Buffett Award finalist for his
advocacy efforts to protect the Yukon River Watershed and his
work within the justice system for better treatment of Native people.
Harold Gatensby is one of the co-founders of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC) and currently serves on its Executive Committee.
He has also worked as a community-based justice training facilitator.
resides in Carcross, Yukon Territory, Canada.
As a co-founder of the YRITWC
, Harold advocates for the clean-up of the Yukon River and its tributaries, one of the largest watersheds in North America.
The coalition of indigenous governments of the YRITWC
are indigenous citizens dependent on the environmental integrity of the Yukon River for survival; they unite on issues related to the environmental and cultural integrity of the entire watershed.
traveled to South Africa to represent the YRITWC
at the 2002 United Nations Earth Summit.
has been a keynote speaker at numerous events including the Alaska Federation
of Natives annual meeting.
He served as the Yukon Territory representative on the Advisory Board to the Aboriginal Justice Learning Network in Ottawa, a Canadian federal government-appointed board.
He was instrumental in the creation of the Southern Lake Justice Committee in the early 1990s and served on the Committee in various capacities.
In 1995, Harold founded Nares Mountain Wilderness Camp, which he still owns and runs today.
At the retreat center, Gatensby
facilitates restorative justice and environmental trainings for individuals, community groups, and professionals from around North America.
Harold's application of community-based justice (also known as circle sentencing) and indigenous T'ingit cultural traditions helps address the poverty, pain, violence and cycle of loss in his
community as a result of residential schools and related institutions that were imposed by the Canadian government on his
Harold's personal history informs his
community justice work.
Memories of boarding schools for many First Nation generations recall pain and mental suffering.
Youth incarceration is one symptom of this history.
Spending many years of his
youth in the prison systems, Harold
made a conscious decision to turn his
life around and help other people.
He is now a respected House Leader of the Kookhittaan clan of the Dakha T'lingit Nation and on the front lines of community and environmental stewardship.
regularly returns to correctional facilities to help inmates.
works tirelessly within the justice system for better treatment and cultural respect for Native people, cultural mediation and peace keeping.
In 2000, Harold
received a Probation 2000 (three-day international conference) Individual Merit Award for his
community justice work, presented by Her
Royal Highness Princess Anne of the United Kingdom.
This Award brings recognition to individuals who have developed innovative approaches to reducing crime in their communities.
In 2004, Harold
wife, Colleen received the Cultural Volunteers of the Year Award from Carcross Community School
is the proud parent of thirteen children.