Joseph Mackenzie was born in the old hospital in Rae in 1950. Growing up, he lived with his parents on the land in the winters and spent summers in Rae until age 8, when he went to Fort Smith residential school. Eventually, Joseph moved back to Rae and spent about 12 years trapping with his father until he became employed with Renewable Resources (which is now ENR). Joseph retired from ENR in January 2011, and continues to enjoy hunting, fishing, and trapping. He loves spending time with his grandchildren and teaching them how to live on the land. Joseph was nominated to the Board by the Tłįcho government in January 2011.