YKDFN responds to Norn ‘betrayal’ comments

Tu Nehdé-Wiilideh MLA Steve Norn. (Screen capture)

The Yellowknives Dene First Nation has a simple response to its MLA Steve Norn: “What has been said has been said.”

The comment came after Norn, who represents Ndilǫ, Dettah, Fort Resolution and Łutselk’e, told the CBC and NNSL that he felt betrayed by the YKDFN chiefs who called for his resignation.

He also said he would not be stepping down.

Norn allegedly broke his isolation a day early and went to the Legislative Assembly. While not explicitly linking to this allegation, other MLAs directed Caucus Chair Rylund Johnson to file a complaint against Norn with the integrity commissioner.

YKDFN’s recent statement went on, “We await the outcome of the integrity commissioner for the Northwest Territories on this matter.”

Not all of Norn constituents feel the same way.

Deninu Kųę́ First Nation Chief Louis Balsillie sent a letter to MLAs supporting Norn.

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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.