Francis van Kessel
Francis (Wat.si, she\her\they\them) is a Teslin Tlingit citizen and a member of the Dakhl’awedi Clan. She is an advocate for social inclusion and neuro-diverse people, working for Inclusion Yukon, and is dedicated to action on climate change and food sovereignty in the Yukon.
A tireless worker, Francis is a board representative for Yukon Registered Nurses Association, Paradise Music Festival, and the Yukon NDP. Along with her work she regularly volunteers for the Whitehorse Elks 306, Boys and Girls Club, Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition, Whitehorse Connects as well as other community events.
Francis also represents Dakhl’awedi Clan on her Investment committee. Her dedication to her traditional values and Tlingit culture is core to her daily life and in her spare time she is learning her Tlingit Language.