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GET TO KNOW US

Denesoline Community Development Corporation - or DCDC for short, is a fully owned subsidiary of Denesoline Corporation Ltd., the sole economic development arm of the Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation. DCDC is focused on community welfare and development.

Currently, DCDC has implemented numerous initiatives that strive to increase the quality of life for community members.

 

DCDC is proud to announce its launch of the world's first and only indigenous-owned and traditional indigenous-themed innovation center, the Lutsel K'e Dene DreamMaker Innovation Center. 

Located in the remote northern community of Lutsel K’e, Dene DreamMaker reflects DCDC’s innovative business culture and business excellence, and supports its vision and strategy for community development, and health & wellness. The challenges faced in remote northern indigenous communities, including the extreme cold, are unique and often unforgiving. The center will serve as the facility to create, test, and launch sustainable multidisciplinary solutions in the northern environment, thereby playing a pivotal role in manifesting DCDC’s vision of being a world leader in indigenous circumpolar innovation.

Entirely self-financed, self-sufficient, and self-reliant, based on DCDC’s ongoing business success and earnings, the state-of-the-art Dene DreamMaker facility provides education and training via “edutainment” (education through entertainment) by employing 3D printers, drones, virtual reality (VR) systems, gaming systems, and coding and media software, all in a comforting, welcoming, traditional indigenous themed environment. Participant focus is geared towards increasing creative intelligence, releasing untapped potential, and generating income from remote locations, in the fields of digital marketing, 3D printing, drone technology, media, design, coding, and gaming. DreamMaker will work hand in hand with an ongoing community-wide “Wolf’s Den” program (adapted from Dragon’s Den), whereby community members will be taught to prepare and present their business ideas, with cash prizes to assist the winners in their endeavors

Furthermore, DCDC is also providing an aeroponics farm in the community. Aeroponics (1700% more power than traditional seasonal farming) combined with hydroponics and aquaponics farming and fishing, with a focus on empowering remote indigenous communities to be self-sufficient in the harvesting of fruits, vegetables and fish. Aeroponics allows community members to extend beyond a limited diet of fish and potatoes.

In addition to pioneering superior, innovative solutions in business, and Aeroponics, DCDC is addressing the extensive developmental challenges facing its remote northern indigenous community. In fiscal 2018 DCDC spent 5 times more on community development than in the entire 20 years between 1994 and 2014. In fact, between 2014-2019 DCDC has contributed 20 times more to its community in just 5 years than in the previous 20 years combined. DCDC also contributed more to Lutsel k’e in the last fiscal year than all the diamond mines operating on the impacted communities’ traditional lands combined, on the following one-of-a-kind community development programs. To learn more, visit community programs.

"DCDC continues pioneering innovative, superior, one-of-a-kind, self-reliant, flagship solutions to longstanding, persisting, widely prevalent, daunting socio-economic challenges facing indigenous communities" - Ron Barlas, Denesoline CEO

Core Values

Denesoline Community Development Corporation abides by the following core values:

 

  • Effort

  • Integrity

  • Respect

  • Commitment

  • Service

  • Wellness

  • Quality of life

  • Dignity

  • Skills Enhancement

  • Hard work

  • Honesty

  • Everyone matters

 

Community Programs

Denesoline Community Development Corporation is engaged in many different community programs aimed to increase the quality of life of its community members, such as:

 

Click below for detailed information on each!