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 has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to francis@cklbradio.com