Nelson was born in Uranium City, Saskatchewan; he is a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation from Fort Chipewyan, Alberta.
He continues to call Yukon his home with his wife Karen and two children Blake, Kara and their 4 grandkids.
Through years of working in the construction trade, Nelson has obtained his Journeyman Carpentry Inter Provincial Trades Certification.
Nelson believes in the importance of finding ways to help and work with Aboriginal People. This came through by him working for the last 11 years with the Carcross/Tagish First Nation Government.
Now the CEO of the economic arm of C/TFN, the Carcross/Tagish Management Corporation. He believes in the importance of, putting people first and money second. As a corporation, it’s important to invest in people, after all, that’s where the value is. The money will come, but it will come when the investment in people, moves to that next step.
Nelson has been involved with many boards and committees, both as Chair and director. Some of the following organizations over many years include: Yukon Housing Corporation, Yukon Mine Training Association, Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce, Skookum Jim Friendship Centre, just to name a few.
Nelson's previous role with C/TFN, and his new role as CEO of the Carcross/Tagish Management Corporation includes managing departments and number of major initiatives in the energy and community development sectors with housing as priority. Nelson is well known for putting programs together to help train citizens in the trades with life skills support as a key component of the training programs.