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Lands and Economic Development Service Program (LEDSP)

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Dene Tha’ First Nation applied for and successfully received funding through the Lands and Economic Development Service Program (LEDSP). This funding will support the completion of a Strategic Economic Development Plan.

As part of the plan, we are engaging Nation members through interviews, community workshops and this survey.  This survey aims to collect input from Nation members on their economic challenges, priorities, opportunities and values.  This plan will guide the Nation in sustainable community economic development and will help in future decision making.

Link to survey:

Bushe River Re-entry Information July 2019

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Some information for Bushe Residents here.

Gas support is available at 16707 – 121 avenue northwest UFA Cardlock Edmonton location.
Limit is 100 dollars per vehicle and the gas is only available until 5:00 pm today.
You have been asked to register with your license plate, if you haven’t done so, call in with your room number and license plate before 4 and your name will be added,
Additional Gas support will also be available at Loon River Truckstop in Red Earth tomorrow and bag lunches will be prepared tonight for all registered evacuees.

Welcome Home!

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Welcome home members of Dene Tha First Nation!  Please find below your respective community for some information regarding your return home.  The DTFN administration will need some time to sort out everything that was left behind during the evacuation, we will be working hard to get back to normal operation in the coming weeks, thank you for your continued support and patience.


Meander River

Bushe River

Chateh Hockey Jersey Contest and Rink Naming Contest

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This contest to design a hockey jersey for the Dene Tha’ First Nation and to name the rink behind the detachment.  Jordan’s Principle Grant funds and private denotations were secured to build a rink behind the detachment. It is a concrete slab with rink boards. In the spring there are basketballs nets that can be added. It can be used year round by the youth for ball hockey, ice hockey, skating, dodge ball, basketball, etc.

The ice will be ready for kids skating by Monday December 3rd. The rink is well lit and can be used in the evenings as well.

Chateh Community Naming Contest

Chateh Jersey Design Contest Design Form Blank

Annual Operating Plan for Tolko Industries Ltd.

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Annual Operating Plan for Tolko Industries Ltd. (High Level Lumber Division), Norbord Inc., La Crete Sawmills Ltd., NDEH Limited Partnership, and Netaskinan Development Ltd. made availble.  If anyone wants further information regarding the Annual Operating Plan they can be directed to Trevor Lafreniere, Tolko Planning Superintendent, at (780) 805-3851 or myself (Paul Hewitt, Tolko Operations Forester – Planning at (780) 926-8992  More information is also available at .  If you require any more information please feel free to contact me.


Treaty 8 Agricultural Benefits Claim update 2019

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Dear DTFN citizens,

The truth about the state of DTFN’s agricultural benefits (cows & plows) claims as of March 19, 2019:
I’m forwarding copies of the last update for your information, see attachments.  These copies were sent out to Dene Tha’ members for sharing with as many members it may reach via emails and social media (i.e. DTFN FB) … sent out on Oct 17, 2018.  No new information came in from the Government of Canada as of today.
Recall that as of November 2017, the federal government informed DTFN by letter that claims settlement negotiations for the Agricultural Benefits (cows & plows) with DTFN was approximately 3 to 3.5 years away from the time of meeting the basic requirements. This means that the negotiations between the Specific Claims Commission and DTFN was estimated and may start sometime, on or about, Nov 2020 to May 2021.  Therefore, the question we all need to ask ourselves is – how much time will it take from the start of negotiations to arriving at a settlement?  In this case, my guess is as good as anyone’s guess.  I’m sorry that this is not what you want to hear however the reality is that the control is on the Government of Canada’s side as they management the specific claims process in accordance to the Specific Claims legislation.  IMPORTANT – For further information please click on the following link here: If you’d like share this with other fellow DTFN citizens, please feel free to do so.
Please do not listen to misinformed rumours that are popping up now and then.  Any new information we may receive from the Federal Government about the our Ag. Benefits claims process will be shared with DTFN citizens.
Hope this helps.


James Ahnassay
Chief, Dene Tha’ First Nation

Letter of update to members on Agricultural Benefits – CLAIMS April 5, 2018
Letter – DTFN to Minister Carolyn Bennett re Agricultural Benefits Claim – September 10, 2018
Letter of update to members on Agricultural Benefits – CLAIMS October 17, 2018