Deninu Kue First Nation Creating Opportunities for it’s Youth

Craig Sanderson fires up the excavator, as part of the heavy equipment course in Fort Resolution. (Photo Josh Campbell)

The community of Fort Resolution was rocked by three deaths amongst it’s youth this year. Creating opportunities for the youth is a top priority for Chief and Council.
“I’m running an excavator today, gonna build a trench,” that’s Craig Sanderson. It’s his second week in training with heavy equipment.
The course started on October 21st. Sanderson is working with three other youth, including Paul Junior Boucher.
“I mostly use the truck, but I use the Cat and excavator also, it’s great experience for us,” said Boucher.
Aside from patching holes, and digging ditches, Sanderson says it’s helping him focus on a career path.
“I’ll try to get up to the mines if I can, or talk with DOT here. A job is a job,” explained Sanderson.
The training program was made possible by the Deninu Kue First Nation.


About the Author

Josh Campbell
Splash is back as the host of Denendeh Sunrise, CKLB's morning current affairs program. Campbell was mentored by longtime host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Josh, as he's known professionally by folks across the broadcast industry has worked for CBC North, CKRW the Rush in Yukon, and at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving north for his love of radio and Indigenous culture in 2007, Campbell graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program in Belleville, Ontario the traditional territory of the Tyendinaga Mohawks. Campbell is proud of his Scottish and Irish ancestry. He was born and raised along the Tobique River the home of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet Nation.

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