YKDFN sets up food security fund

The Yellowknives Dene administration office in Dettah. (File photo).

The Yellowknives Dene First Nation has set up a fund to help its most vulnerable members keep food on the table during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jason Snaggs is YKDFN’s chief executive officer.

In an email, he said YKDFN’s goal is to raise $250,000 for the food security fund. So far, $28,000 has come in. The majority of that—$20,000—has come from YKDFN’s Det’on Cho Coorporation.

Joanne Tsetta, a YKDFN member, living in Edmonton has also donated 49 food hampers and $2,000 to the fund.

Snaggs said the band is expecting to help about 200 households but that depends on the duration of the pandemic and “its effects on unemployment.”

“YKDFN is forecasting six to nine months of support,” he added.

Any member who feels like they need help can get in touch with the community wellness department at 867-445-4520.

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