Chief Ernest Betsina

Ernest Betsina is a 2nd term Chief of Ndilo, one of two communities within the Yellowknives Dene First Nation near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. 

Ernest is the second oldest of seven children and has two sisters and four brothers.  

After graduating from high school, Ernest completed a four-year carpentry journeyman certification program. He gained experience in the private sector in both construction and diamond mining.

Spending time with his family, his two sons is important for Ernest. His three grandchildren bring him much joy and being an active part of their lives is a priority. Watching and playing hockey is a passion in his life, as is walking and running for exercise. Playing hand-games, drum dancing and camping are favorite activities. 

As Chief, Ernest is very committed to be a healthy and strong leader for the members of his community. He supports many community activities and is recognized as an initiator and motivator. Though Ernest is very busy with the many challenges of being a leader, he makes time to roll up his sleeves and put on his tool belt to go help his community members.