History

Dettah  

(means “charcoal” or “burnt point”)

Is located on the Northern shore of Great Slave Lake, just outside of Yellowknife.  It is a 6.5 km drive by ice road in winter and a 27 km drive on an all-season road.  In 1959, there were about 15 houses in Dettah.  The fire burned out of control, reducing the entire point to ashes. The Dettah area has been used as a summer time gathering site for generations, eventually growing into one of the tow Yellowknives Dene Communities.

Timeline History of Dettah

1965 – Government promised a paved road to Dettah.

1965 – Michael Sikyea was charged for Duck Hunting out of season.

1967 – Queen Elizabeth visits which helps to get the road to Dettah built

1969 – School was put together using old trailers.

1991 – New Band Office completed.

2009 – Completion of Band Office Complex.

Ndilo

(trans. End of Island)

Is located on the north end of Latham Island, adjacent to the City of Yellowknife.  Despite being located next to Yellowknife, Ndilo remains and independent and distinct community.  The area has always been an important fishing, and berry picking spot, with access to prime hunting areas.  Ndilo became a permanent settlement in the early 1940s.

Timeline of Ndilo

1945 – Bridge to Lathem Island is built.

1958 – Houses are painted different colors.  People call it Rainbow Valley.

1966 – Federal Government built more homes.

1968 – Ndilo gets power.

1970 – Antoine (Adii) Liske becomes 1st Chief of Ndilo.

1974 – Street lights were installed.

1990 – Vital Able Boarding Home was built in Ndilo.

1992 – Chief and Council changes name from Rainbow Valley to Ndilo.

1993 – Ndilo name becomes official.

2009 – New Kalemi Dene School construction complete.

Timeline of Yellowknives Dene First Nation

1900 – Akaitcho entered into Treaty of July 25, 1900 in Fort Resolution.  Imeh (Emile) old Man Drygeese was Chief at the time of Treaty.

1914 – Susie (Joseph or Sizeh) Drygeese was the 2nd Chief after 19000 treaty.  Susie drew a map that outlined traditional hunting grounds that later became “Yellowknife Game Preserve.”  He gave his information to Chief Monfwi of Rae – who pursued Treaty 11 for his people.  Hence, “As long as the run rises…”

1921 – First recorded band councilors.

1923 – Liza Crookedhand found gold at Giant Mine while collecting blueberries.

1923 – Yellowknife Game Preserve established (70,000sq miles) set aside for exclusive for Dene to hunt and trap.

1945 – Dettah, Ndilo and Enodah established a Community Boundary.

1984 – Negotiations began for the Dene/Metis Comprehensive Land Claim.

1991 – The four Tlicho Communities decided to pursue comprehensive land claim.  The Yellowknives Dene chose to continue with Treaty Implementation.

1992 – On May 14, 1992 the Treaty 8 Treaty Entitlement process began.

2000 – YKDFN signs Political Accord on June 13, 2000.

2000 – 100th Anniversary of Treaty Signing in Fort Resolution.  Framework Agreement was signed on July 25, 2000.

2001 – YKDFN sign an Interim Measures Agreement on June 28, 2001.

2002 – Yellowknives Dene and Dogrib Treaty 11 settled Boundary Overlap on November 27, 2002.

2006 – The Commissioner Land withdrawal was announced on November 2, 2006.

2007 – The Five Year Interim Land Withdrawal was approved by Order in Council on November 1, 2007.