Sheryl Yakeleya

Member Dehcho

Mrs. Yakeleya was elected to the 20th NWT Legislative Assembly to represent the constituency of Dehcho.

Mrs. Sheryl Brenda Yakeleya was born and raised in Fort Providence. NT.  During her younger life, she lived on the land with her parents. Mrs. Yakeleya has also resided in Fort Simpson, Yellowknife, Norman Wells, and Tulita, NWT. She holds a Business Administration diploma and Office Administration certifcate from Aurora College, as well as a Training of Trainers certificate from the Nechi Institute. 

For many years Mrs. Yakeleya has dedicated herself to serving community, by talking to people and working for them. She served as a Board Member for the Native Women’s Association and has volunteered with a variety of community social events. It was this active involvement that inspired the people of her community to encourage her to serve residents at the highest level as an elected politician.

Prior to being elected Mrs. Yakeleya worked in the Indigenous Community Wellness Division in Yellowknife, a Contracts Administrator for the Norman Wells Housing Corporation and most recently as a Family Mentor Worker with the Zhahti Koe Friendship Centre, and Caretaker for the Seniors Home in Fort Providence. She also was employed as a Community Program Coordinator promoting community wellness and justice.

In her spare time, Mrs. Yakeleya loves to read, sew moose hair tufting, sing, clean, and organize.

Mrs. Yakeleya is married to Mr. Norman Yakeleya, former MLA for the Sahtu in the 15th, 16th, and 17th Assemblies, as well as former Dene National Chief. Together they have 6 children, 3 sons and 3 daughters, and 3 granddaughters.

Dehcho Electoral District:

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Member Sheryl Yakeleya
Dehcho
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Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
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Statements in Debates

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 27)

Sorry, I ask for a recorded vote.

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 27)

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

WHEREAS the hamlet of Enterprise has suffered catastrophic damage in the loss of 80 percent of all structures, including 35 residential homes;

AND WHEREAS the federal minister of Emergency Preparedness has identified the federal program Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements of which the Government of the Northwest Territories can access 90 percent of the cost of the installation of temporary housing within Enterprise;

AND WHEREAS the Government of the Northwest Territories has the key to unlock funding offered by the Government of Canada;

AND WHEREAS the Minister of...

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 27)

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. And thank you to the Minister for that. Has the Minister discussed the long-term options for temporary housing units constructed in Enterprise with the federal Minister? Thank you.

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 27)

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My questions are for the Minister of MACA. Can the Minister explain why the GNWT does not want to accept assistance from the federal government under the disaster assistance administration to support housing units in Enterprise? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 27)

Thank you. I too, like my colleagues, would like to welcome Mr. Jackson Lafferty, grand chief, former MLA for Monfwi. And also to my friend Lousia Mackenzie and her family up there, welcome. And I too would also like to say thank you to you, Mr. Speaker, and all the wonderful staff here as well as the translators and everyone here, and I hope everybody has a good summer. Look forward to seeing everybody in the fall. Thank you.

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 27)

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I want to thank my colleagues for supporting me with this motion. I do this in the spirit of helping the people in my riding at Enterprise. With that, I would like to, again, thanks everybody that's supporting it and also ask for a recorded vote. Thank you.

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 27)

Mr. Speaker, I move this motion today because the Government of the Northwest Territories has an opportunity to support the community of Enterprise. The federal government has identified to the GNWT the support available through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangement, through the DFAA, and the GNWT can access 90 percent of the cost to construct temporary housing units, modular housing units. Mr. Speaker, I see the community, I talk to the leaders, I listen to the residents. I can tell you Enterprise is in a time of need.

The way forward to rebuilding Enterprise is not clear. The...

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 27)

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mahsi. Can the Minister explain the role of the pathfinder assigned to assist displaced residents. What does the pathfinder do to help displaced residents? Thank you.

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 27)

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Can the Minister explain the considerations and discussions that have occurred with the federal Minister for Public Safety regarding support for Enterprise? Thank you.

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 27)

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am pleased today to acknowledge the incredible career and upcoming retirement of Theresa Bonnetrouge. After an incredible 42-year career as an educator in Fort Providence, I thank her for her dedication and impact on the community. Theresa Bonnetrouge is a remarkable educator who has taught at Deh Gah Elementary and Secondary School for 41 years,11 months and 19 days. She has had an impact on education in our community, and I'd like to honour her dedication and effort to support our youth. Theresa has been instrumental in teaching Dene Zhatie to our students. Her...