Education Programs

YKDFN Education Programs were established by Chiefs and Council with financial contribution from Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. (DDMI) to support and encourage YKDFN Membership to pursue academic excellence and ensuring access to quality education.

Current YKDFN Education Programs are available for as follows:

  • YKDFN High School Achievement Award
  • YKDFN Academic & Trade Achievement Award
  • YKDFN Education Bursary

All applications are considered and will be processed from date received at the Yellowknives Dene First Nation’s office, provided that the applicant meets the education program criteria, guidelines, and submits all required information and documentations as set per program.  Once an application is received, it will be processed, reviewed, and decided by the Chief. We recommend applying early as possible prior to starting your year of study. Be advised that incomplete applications and missing information/documentation will delay process. Waiting period is appx. 2-3 weeks.

For applications, information, and application status, please contact:

Grace Martin Human Resources Liaison Coordinator   E-mail:    Tel. 867-873-4307   ext. 229


For the 2018/19 year, Yellowknives Dene First Nation will be accepting one (1) general scholarship application to automatically apply for our two (2) scholarship programs with our affiliated IBA mining companies. This will ensure a simple application process for students that we hope will find helpful.  Though, each scholarship program have their own objectives and separate Selection Committees to assess applications and select based on eligibility criteria and application requirements. If you require more information or need application assistance, feel free to contact each respective Representatives as listed. We look forward to seeing applications submitted.

Deadline is October 31, 2018   – NOW CLOSED


2018/19 YKDFN & Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. Scholarship Information:   

The scholarship program is supported through the efforts of YKDFN/DDMI Participation Agreement and the commitment to support and encourage students to achieve higher education.  Eligible are those members who demonstrate a financial need to pursue post-secondary education, and who meet the application criteria outlined in the application package.

For more information, contact:

Grace Martin Human Resources Liaison Coordinator   E-mail:


2018/19 YKDFN & De Beers Canada Inc. Scholarship Information:   

The Yellowknives Dene First Nation and De Beers Canada Inc. Scholarship Program is now open to applications. Jointly administered by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) and De Beers Canada Inc.  (DBCI), the scholarship program was established to encourage YKDFN Members to continue with education and pursue academic excellence.  Scholarship program is open to YKDFN Members.  Be advised that all applications received will be processed in accordance with the Applicant Eligibility Criteria and completed Application Requirements.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information, contact:

Angela Lafferty Implementation Coordinator    E-mail:



Dominion Diamond offers scholarships to encourage academic excellence within the communities of Dettah, N’dilo and Lutsel k’e. The scholarship program will assist the Akaitcho people to prepare for future leadership roles in mining and other industries.

DDEC Beneficiaries Scholarships – Application (November 2018)

Closes November 21, 2018

For more information, contact scholarship administers

Crowe MacKay LLP

P.O. Box 727, 5103 – 51st Street     Email     Phone (867) 920-4404     Fax (867) 920-4135