John Bekale served as Chief of Gameti in 1980 – 81. In 1984 he was elected as Vice-President of the Dene Nation, and began work with the Dene-Metis Joint Negotiations Secretariat in 1986.
In 1990, he worked for the Department of Resources, Economic Development and Wildlife, and joined the negotiations team for the Dogrib Treaty 11 Tribal Council (now known as Tlicho Government) in 1993.
Between 1995 and 2014, he served as Senior Aboriginal Advisor for BHP Diamonds. John has served several non-consecutive terms on the DDC Board of Directors since 1984, and the DII Board since 2006 and was reappointed to both in 2015. He was recently elected Chairman of DII.