Urban Commitments to Reconciliation: Current Problems

Yellowknife eliminating Indigenous role


January 17, 2022


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Yellowknife’s Indigenous Relations Advisor

Cabin Radio – Stacie Smith to become Yellowknofe’s new deputy Mayor. Smith, who was elected in 2018, is of Tłı̨chǫ, Nunatukavut, and English descent. She is currently the only Indigenous member of Yellowknife’s city council. During her tenure, she has served as chair of the city’s community advisory board on homelessness and spoken about the importance of Indigenous representation.

The deputy mayor is responsible for overseeing meetings, attending public events, and has signatory authority when the mayor is unavailable.


March 12, 2020


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Yellowknife’s Indigenous Relations Advisor

CBC – Eliminating the Indigenous Relations Advisor in a city with 24% Indigenous population (2018 data). Indigenous Service Canada provided initial funding for 18 months that was not renewed. The city would not include in ongoing budget. Councillor Stacie Smith, who is Tlicho, the only Indigenous member on City Council, said that with few Indigenous people working at city hall, any progress is “doing to, rather than with” Indigenous people. The position was intended to help improve the city’s relationship with Indigenous people and governments, and embed reconciliation in its practices and decisions. Reconciliation has been highlighted as one of six core values in the city’s 2019-2022 strategic priorities.