Federal funding for Yellowknives Dene jobs program

A pilot program will give the Det’on Cho Corporation federal cash to create more jobs for Yellowknives Dene First Nation members.

Liberal MPs Marc Miller and Michael McLeod announced $300,000 in CanNor funding for the three-year program in Yellowknife on Tuesday.

The First Nation itself is investing $771,000 in new jobs, with a further $225,000 from industry partners.


Funding received by the Det’on Cho Corporation – which is the First Nation’s business arm – will place “five qualified community members … in strategic roles within the company’s management structure, with progression to leadership positions,” the federal government said in a news release.

“Empowering Indigenous communities to determine their own economic development is key to ensuring sustainable prosperity in the North,” read a statement from Navdeep Bains, the federal minister responsible for CanNor.

“This program is specifically targeted at building a generation of business leaders that will help our community prosper for years to come,” said Bobby Drygeese, who chairs the Det’on Cho Corporation.