Laura Duncan is the senior executive officer with the Tłı̨chǫ Government in Behchokǫ̀ NWT. As Tłı̨chǫ Executive Officer, Laura works closely with the Chief’s Executive Council on the implementation of Tłı̨chǫ laws and the development and execution of the government’s strategic plan. The Tłıc̨hǫ Agreement, the first comprehensive land claim and self-government agreement in the NWT, established the Tłıc̨hǫ Government on August 4, 2005, with full powers and jurisdiction over 39,000 square kilometres of Tłıc̨hǫ lands, wildlife and resources in the Northwest Territories, Canada.
Laura received her undergraduate degree in economics from Wilfrid Laurier University, and an MBA from Athabasca University. Laura’s northern career began working as a Band Manager in Whati, a small, remote fly-in community west of Yellowknife. Later she became a member of a team facilitating the transition from independent local Band Councils under the Indian Act of Canada to post land claim self-government.
Laura sits as a member of the NWT Chapter of IPAC and was on the steering committee of the 2016 Northern Governance conference held in Yellowknife which focused on indigenous and northern government.