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 Whitehorse his home with his wife Karen and two children Blake, Kara and now grandson Carter and a granddaughter, Clarke.
Through years of working in the construction trade, Nelson had obtained his Journeyman Carpentry Inter Provincial Trades Certification and Level 1 & 2 Building Inspection Certificate.
Nelson believes in the importance of helping and working with all Aboriginal People, he has been working for 11 years with the Carcross/Tagish First Nation (CTFN) and is now the President & CEO of the economic arm of C/TFN, the Carcross/Tagish Management Corporation. He has helped implement and maintain the Housing Policy, maintenance programs and managed new construction for commercial and residential projects.
Nelson is an avid supporter for Urban Aboriginal organizations; he is a current board member with Yukon Mine Training Association, he is the Past President of Skookum Jim Friendship Centre, past board member to Lanalxh (Prosperity) a Trust setup by the Carcross/Tagish First Nation, past Chairperson for the Grey Mountain Housing Society that had 70 units, past Chairperson for the Yukon Aboriginal Sport Circle, past Board Member for the Territorial Apprenticeship Board, just to name a few.
In Nelson's previous role with C/TFN, and his new role as CEO of the Carcross/Tagish Management Corporation is to work on major initiatives, such as energy, community development, subdivision develop, multi-use facilities, and helping put programs together to help train citizens in the trades and market based housing as well as life skills.