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Honourable Jeanie Dendys

Minister of Tourism and Culture, Government of Yukon

Hon. Jeanie Dendys has been the MLA for the Mountainview riding since December 2016. She currently serves as the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate and Minister Responsible for Yukon Workers Compensation Health and Safety Board.


Honourable Jeanie Dendys a speaker at Impact 2020 in British Columbia

Minister Dendys is born and raised in Yukon and is of Tahltan and Norwegian ancestry. She has two sons - one in university and one in his twenties building his independent life. Minister Dendys is a Yukon innovator and community leader, she previously worked as Director of Justice for Kwanlin Dün First Nation in the Mountainview riding for 7 years prior to her role in Cabinet. 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, bringing a woman’s perspective and commitment to improving quality of life for children, youth and families. She is also committed to learning and passing on traditional and cultural values.

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 Kwanlin Dün First Nation 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 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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