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Honourable Jeanie Dendys

Minister of Tourism and Culture, Yukon

Hon. Jeanie Dendys was appointed to the Executive Council of Yukon (cabinet) on December 3, 2016. She is currently Minister of Tourism and Culture, Minister responsible for Women’s Directorate and Minister Responsible for Yukon Workers Compensation Health and Safety Board.

Jeanie Dendys


Minister Dendys, Yukon innovator and community leader, is the MLA for the Mountainview riding. Minister Dendys previously worked as Director of Justice for Kwanlin Dün First Nation in the Mountianview riding for the past several years. She has strong skills in developing partnerships, negotiating agreements to support collaboration and implementing action. Her practical approach is valued by partners and her ability to maintain engagement, including working through conflict to align interests, has been highly successful. She has a long history of participation on public advisory and working groups. 

Minister Dendys provided significant guidance in the Yukon Policing Review, which resulted in the report Sharing Common Ground, a Review of the Yukon Police Force. She participated in the review of Yukon Corrections as a Yukon First Nation Advisor. Minister Dendys served as the Yukon representative to the RCMP Commissioner’s First Nation Policing Advisory Board. She has served as a KDFN representative on the newly formed Yukon Public Safety Committee and Mental Wellness Strategy – First Nation Partnership committee, as the President of the Yukon Indian Hockey Association, and as the Vice-Chair of the Tahltan health and Social Services Authority from 2013-15. 

Minister Dendys is born and raised in Yukon and of Tahltan First Nation and Norwegian ancestry. She has one son in his teens who is in his second year of university and one in his twenties building his independent life. Minister Dendys brings a woman’s perspective and commitment to improving quality of life for children, youth and families. She is committed to learning and passing on traditional values and cultural skills to her sons. She shares an interest in culture with her family and has followed her passion in learning more about using plants from the land for ceremony and healing.   

Minister Dendys brings a wealth of experience working for First Nation and public government in B.C and Yukon, with a background in criminology, business, and First Nation Governance.

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