Yellowknives Dene First Nation and City of Yellowknife

Yellowknifes Dene

Yellowknives Dene First Nation and City of Yellowknife working group.

Unique Features of this Partnership

Yellowknives Dene First Nation and City of Yellowknife joined the CEDI family April 2019 and have begun to apply CEDI’s Stronger Together approach in a 2 year accelerated model. This partnership marks the first time CEDI has been offered north of the 60th parallel and the CEDI team looks forward to learning from and sharing with the new partnership.

Areas of Collaboration – Joint CED Themes

The partnership decided early on in the process to develop a joint economic development strategy to provide the partnership guidance and a long-term action plan on prioritized joint community economic development initiatives and have recently confirmed additional funding from CanNor to do so. The governance structure of Yellowknives Dene First Nation is representative of their two sister communities, Ndilo and Dettah, with a Chief and council members elected from each community forming the leadership of the nation. The two Chiefs and Mayor, elected leadership, and staff look forward to building a resilient, sustainable partnership while developing their joint economic development strategy.



In the Media:


Why Work Together?

“Working together with the City of Yellowknife on this joint economic strategy will bring economic prosperity for all our peoples and the region. We thank Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for having chosen our communities for this important initiative.”

– Edward Sangris, Chief of Dettah.

“This initiative between the City of Yellowknife and our First Nation is a true example of economic reconciliation in action, as we seek to develop and implement a joint community economic development strategy for today and that future. We look forward to continuing our efforts building a strong relationship and partnership with the City of Yellowknife through this CEDI initiative.”

Ernest Betsina, Chief of Ndilo.

“We are fortunate to work, live and play in Chief Drygeese Territory, and working with the YKDFN on this strategy will continue to strengthen the relationship between both our communities and advance the economic development of our entire region. We are grateful to have been chosen for this opportunity and are excited to get to work.”

– Rebecca Alty, Mayor of Yellowknife.


Next Steps



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For More

Marissa Lawrence
Senior Program Officer, Cando
T: (778) 628 2180

Helen Patterson
CEDI Program Manager
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
T. 613-907-6320