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.
  • 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

SCHOLARSHIPS 2019/20 School 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; Yellowknives Dene First Nation/Diavik Diamond Mine and Yellowknives Dene First Nation/De Beers Canada Scholarship Programs.

This is a simple application process for students that we hope will find helpful.  Though, each scholarship program has 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

Grace Martin Human Resources Liaison Coordinator   E-mail:

Tel. (867) 873-4307, Ext. 2007


We look forward to seeing applications submitted.


Scholarship background information

YKDFN & Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. Scholarship Information:  Scholarship program is supported through the YKDFN/DDMI Participation Agreement and the commitment to support and encourage students to achieve higher education. 

For more information, contact:

Grace Martin Human Resources Liaison Coordinator   E-mail:


YKDFN & De Beers Canada Inc. Scholarship Information:  Jointly administered scholarship program was established from the annual YKDFN/DBCI Gahcho Kue IBA Work Plan to encourage YKDFN Members to continue with education and pursue academic excellence.

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