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Yellowknives Dene First Nation (Ndilǫ)
Skyline of Ndilǫ
Ndilǫ is located in Northwest Territories
Coordinates: 62°28′40″N 114°20′03″W / 62.47778°N 114.33417°W / 62.47778; -114.33417Coordinates: 62°28′40″N 114°20′03″W / 62.47778°N 114.33417°W / 62.47778; -114.33417
TerritoryNorthwest Territories
RegionNorth Slave Region
Territorial electoral districtTu Nedhé-Wiilideh
Census divisionFort Smith Region, Northwest Territories
 • ChiefErnest Betsina
 • Chief Executive OfficerJohn Carter
 • MLABob Bromley
157 m (515 ft)
 • Total200 (2,007 est.)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Canadian Postal code
Area code(s)867

Ndilǫ /ˈdl/ is a First Nations community in the North Slave Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. The small Dene community is located on the edge of Yellowknife on the tip of Latham Island, it has a population of approximately 200 people. Ndilǫ and Dettah are the communities of the Yellowknives. Ndilǫ is represented by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (Ndilǫ) and are part of the Akaitcho Territory Government.[1]

The land was set aside for use by status Indians by the Government of Canada in 1947 and was called 'Lot 500' on the official register. In 1959, the government built the first ten permanent houses for Dene families, they were colourful homes and so people began referring to the community as 'Rainbow Valley'. In the 1970s there were 200 residents living in 20 houses. [2] The name was officially changed to Ndilǫ in 1991, which means "end of the island" in the local Dene dialect. [3]

Noted residents[edit]


  1. ^ Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Archived 2007-06-11 at Archive.today
  2. ^ "Way Found for Indians to Capture Yellowknife Land" The Yellowknifer, May 13, 1976
  3. ^ "Rainbow Valley Officially Renamed" The Yellowknifer, July 12, 1991

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