YKDFN council gets youth boost

19-year-old Kateri Lynn was elected to represent Dettah on YKDFN's council. (Photo retrieved from Facebook).

Kateri Lynn was the youngest candidate running for a position on the Yellowknives Dene First Nation council and she got the most votes.

The 19-year-old receives 204 votes to win a seat representing Dettah. According to an interview with NNSL earlier this month, she said a lack of youth representation was what got her to run.

Her fellow elected councillors are:

  • Liza Pieper (148 votes)
  • Jessica DeLeary (145 votes)
  • Bobby Drygeese (140 votes)
  • Jonas Sangris (132 votes)

Five councillors were also elected to represent Ndilo, including:

  • Justina Black (154 votes)
  • Elizabeth Liske (147 votes)
  • Lena Ann Black (143 votes)
  • Cece Beaulieu (142 votes)
  • William Lines (116 votes)

The election took place on Monday, August 26. There were nine candidates running in Dettah and 12 in Ndilo. Dettah Chief Edward Sangris was re-elected earlier this month for another four-year term.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis was a reporter with CKLB from January 2019 to March 2023. In his time with CKLB, he had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures.