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Yellowknives Dene First Nation (Ndilo)
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Ndilo 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
Country Canada
Territory Northwest Territories
Region North Slave Region
Constituency Weledeh
Census division Fort Smith Region, Northwest Territories
 • Chief Ernest Betsina
 • Chief Executive Officer John Carter
 • MLA Bob Bromley
Elevation 157 m (515 ft)
 • Total 200 (2,007 est.)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Canadian Postal code X1A
Area code(s) 867
Website www.ykdene.com

Ndilo /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. Ndilo and Dettah are the communities of the Yellowknives. Ndilo is represented by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (Ndilo) 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 Ndilo in 1991, which means "end of the island" in the local Dene dialect. [3]

Noted residents[edit]


  1. ^ Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
  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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