Since his re-election, Chief Whitney has moved forward to diversify the economy of the Tsuut’ina Nation, including several energy-related initiatives. With the Tsuut’ina Nation Council, Chief Whitney has taken steps to preserve and continue the identity, culture, traditions, and language of the Tsuut’ina Nation, and renewed his efforts to develop a better working relationship between the Tsuut’ina Nation and the federal, provincial and municipal governments.
Chief Whitney has advanced economic development, most notably the Grey Eagle Hotel and Event Centre, which has become one of Alberta’s most successful casinos. One of his proudest accomplishments is the signing of the South West Calgary Ring Road deal with Alberta and the economic opportunities that will come with this deal, which will allow funding for education, policing, and social programs on the Tsuut’ina Nation and for future generations.
Chief Whitney enjoys spending close time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He has a special connection with Tsuut’ina Elders and knows the importance they hold within our community to guide our youth on a path that keeps Tsuut’ina culture, history, and language alive.
“The Dene people are a strong, vibrant community numbering into the hundreds of thousands; one of the largest First Nation people tribes in North America. Our people tell of old legends about the separation of the Dene people through migration across western Canada, Northwest Territories, Yukon Alaska, and the southern United States. We are strong, and we have our forefathers to be grateful too. The Creator has blessed us.
We believe in supporting our youth to reach their highest education in every skill and passion our people strive; we look after each other because we are all family and, together, are a stronger Nation. “