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Dorothy Louise Wabisca

Dorothy Louise Wabisca

Dorothy was of Tlingit and Southern Tutchone descent and a member of the Killer Whale and Wolf Clans of the Champagne-Aishihik First Nations. Dorothy was a daughter of Sue Van Bibber and George Chambers, grand-daughter of Louise Dickson and great-grand-daughter of Àgé (sister to Kesh, Skookum Jim). She got involved with and worked for First Nations organizations, including Yukon Association of Non-Status Indians, the Council for Yukon Indians, she was the Special Native Advisor for the Commissioner. She moved to Ottawa to be the Western Vice-President of the Native Council of Canada in Ottawa. In the late 1980s, she returned to the Yukon and was elected Vice-Chair of the Council for Yukon Indians.

From 1990 until her passing, Dorothy worked for her First Nation in self-government negotiations and Land Claims implementation. Dorothy also served on many boards and committees, including the Yukon Indian Arts and Crafts Co-op, the Council on Native Women and the Law, the World Council of Indigenous Peoples, the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce and was chairperson of the Yukon Housing Corporation.

Attended in Ottawa June 21, 1984.  It was for the Proclamation of the first amendments made under the Constitution Act 1982 respecting the rights of Aboriginal Peoples at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.