Katłįà (Kat-lee-ah) grew up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories where she was primarily raised by her grandmother who taught her to be respectful of the land and to practice and appreciate her culture and traditions. Katłįà honours her First Nation background through her position as a Council Member for the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN).
Katłįà's writing career started off at a young age when she was hired to write for the local newspaper in which she still contributes to today. Katłįà has received recognition for her writing in recent years winning the Sally Manning Award for her poem "Full Circle" in 2018 and being longlishted for the CBC Poetry Prize, she has also had the pleasure of writing and recording music with Juno Award winner Leela Gilday, Nahga, Pat Braden, and Stephen Kakfwi and has had theopportunity to work with many other influential artists along the way including Leanne Simpson and Richard Van Camp.Katłįà has recently signed a contract for her full length composite novel about a black wolf shapeshifter who travels from time immemorial throughout the north until his lands become encroached and she is currently in the final stages of completing a fictional novel based on true events exposing the Indigenous housing crisis within First Nations communities in the north. Katłįà's first novel, a memoir called "Northern Willdflower" was published in the fall of 2018 with Fernwood Publishing.