Ethel is Métis from Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories. Growing up, Ethel lived both on the land and in Fort McPherson. On the land, traditional knowledge and practice was passed down from her Jijuu (Grandmother), a well-known traditional medicine woman. These experiences and teachings, have given Ethel a great respect for the land, plants, and animals that sustain Gwich’in/Métis, which she brings to her work, striving to ensure traditional knowledge is incorporated to programs, while learning from scientific research.
Ethel has decades of experience with Indigenous organizations, such as the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and the Gwich’in Tribal Council. She currently serves as the Manager of Health and Wellness Promotion within the Aboriginal Health and Community Wellness Division (Government of the Northwest Territories), where she promotes healthy lifestyles and community wellness.