Chloe Dragon Smith

Chloe Dragon Smith is a young Metis woman born and raised in Yellowknife, NWT. Of Chipewyan and European heritage, she grew up close to her Indigenous cultural values and learned traditional skills for living on the land. Chloe holds a B.Sc in Earth Science from the University of Victoria. While educated in Science, she is keenly interested and has found her niche in working with people on the social/cultural benefits of the natural world, particularly where those values meet science and conservation. Chloe currently works with the Indigenous Leadership Initiative as a Northern Advisor, working with communities in the NWT that are establishing Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs). She the co-founder of an outdoor education program called Bushkids, located in Yellowknife.
As a member of the National Advisory Panel for the Pathway to Canada Target 1, Chloe contributed to Canada’s Conservation Vision – A report of the National Advisory Panel. She was the lead author of Parks for All, a collaborative effort to unite stakeholders and partners across the parks community in Canada. She has international experience with protected areas through her involvement with the IUCN/World Conservation Union, attending both the World Parks Congress in 2014, and the World Conservation Congress in 2016. She was a delegate to the Youth Conference on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and panel speaker at the Canadian Parks Council Meeting of Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers. She is also a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas.