Steven Nitah was raised by his great grandparents on the land around Lutsel K’e in the Northwest Territories. Nitah was elected Chief of Lutsel K’e Dene First Nations in 2008. He brought his community to the table with the Government of Canada and on April 10, 2010, signed a formal agreement to start negotiations around the creation of a protected area in Thaidene Nene. Nitah remains involved with Thaidene Nene, working as a negotiator for Lutsel K’e Dene First Nations and engaging with various levels of government and industry to build support and validation for the Lutsel K’e Dene vision.
Before becoming Chief, Nitah was elected to Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly in 1999. He served as the Chair of the Special Committee on the Review of the Official Languages Act and helped introduce and pass amendments to the act in record time. He also played a primary role in the creation and passage of legislation establishing June 21st as a territorial holiday in recognition of National Aboriginal Day. After his four-year term as an MLA, Nitah took the position of president and CEO of the Denesoline Corporation, the economic development arm of the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation.