Grace Mackenzie Honoured with The Women in Mining NWT Award
November 17, 2023
Congratulations to Grace Mackenzie, Mines Liaison Coordinator with the Tłı̨chǫ Government, honoured with the Women in Mining NWT Award, on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at the NWT Max Awards, held at Center Ice Plaza.
A trailblazing leader, Grace’s achievements and spirit reflect the intent behind the award, and her various roles in the industry have consistently contributed to the growing and respected voice of Indigenous workers in the mining sector. Championing childhood literacy and on-the-land programs during her tenure with DeBeers, Grace has worked tirelessly to build relationships and ensure Indigenous workers gain a better understanding of their surroundings and the benefits available to them. Perhaps most important is Grace’s ability to demonstrate and support respect for Indigenous mine workers, a quality embraced by mine leadership.
Upon receiving the Women in Mining NWT Award, Grace was quoted as saying, “As a Tłı̨chǫ woman, actively advocating for our Indigenous brothers and sisters in mining is incredibly rewarding.”
Tłı̨chǫ Grand Chief Jackson Lafferty congratulated Ms. Mackenzie at the Max Awards, presented her with flowers, and noted that, ”Grace’s ongoing commitment to improve working relationships between workers and mining leadership can not be understated. Her ability to build relationships with a cross-section of stakeholders is a foundational piece in the continued growth and advancement of Tłı̨chǫ people.”
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