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Ndilo chief ‘baffled’ by City’s cut Indigenous relations position – Northern News Services

by ahnationtalk on November 28, 201978 Views

November 27, 2019

Ndilo Chief Ernest Betsina says he is “baffled” by news that the City of Yellowknife won’t be renewing its Indigenous relations post, a position officials announced with fanfare in September 2018.

The position, held by Denesoline member Maggie Mercredi, expires in February, when federal money supporting the 18-month position runs out, Senior Administrative Officer Sheila Bassi-Kellett confirmed earlier reporting yesterday.

It’s a development that’s left Betsina “disappointed” as the city develops its reconciliation action plan with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN).

Betsina said the city should consider seeking more money from Ottawa, or re-allocate funds from somewhere else.

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