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October 24, 2023
Construction of several homes has begun in Dettah as part of efforts to increase the housing supply in the community.
Arcan Construction is building eight single-family homes in Dettah and Ndılǫ as part of a Yellowknives Dene First Nation housing project. President Aaron Doyle said he expects the homes to be complete by the spring of 2024.
The Yellowknives Dene First Nation did not return requests for comment.
The federal government announced in May 2021 that the First Nation would receive $18.8 million to construct eight four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes, as well as 11 one-bedroom apartments. Edward Sangris, then the chief of Dettah, said at the time the project would create employment and training opportunities for the First Nation’s members.
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation said construction began in 2022. While the project was initially expected to be complete this summer, the federal corporation said wildfires, rising interest rates, inflation, increasing construction costs, labour shortages and supply chain disruptions all caused delays.