Born in Yellowknife on October 24, 1984 and raised in Dettah by my parents: Fred Tsetta and Susan Smith, sisters Valerie Smith, Aleisha Betsina & brother Tyler Smith-Tsetta .
Growing up in Dettah was a great experience, where I would go swimming, boating, fishing, camping and biking, snowmobiling, sliding and running around the community with friends where we all grew up together.
I spent a lot of my time with my grandparents: Isdore Tsetta and Elise Tsetta (nee Charlo). My grandparents taught me to be a strong dene women, and traditional teachings.
I went to Kaw Tay Whee School up to grade 8, then completed rest of my high school at St. Patrick high school. I have a 8 year old daughter, Chaylee Rose Elise Smith, my joy.
I am currently working at Department of Education, Culture & Employment as an Access to Information & Protection of Privacy.
I’m excited to be attending Dechinta, and to be sharing this amazing opportunity and experience with my daughter and learn more about our traditional culture.