COMMUNITIES

 

COMMUNITIES OF DENENDEH (NORTHWEST TERRITORIES)

 

1. Aklavik
11. Fort Resolution
21. Nahanni Butte
2. Behchoko
12. Fort Simpson
22. N’dilo
3. Colville Lake
13. Fort Smith
23. Norman Wells
4. Deline
14. Gam├Ęti
24. Trout Lake
5. Dettah
15. Hay River Reserve
25. Tsiigehtchic
6. Enterprise
16. Hay River
26. Tulita

7. Fort Good Hope

17. Inuvik
27. Wekwee’ti
8. Fort Liard
18. Jean Marie River
28. Whati
9. Fort McPherson
19. Kakisa
29. Wrigley
10. Fort Providence
20. Lutselk'e
30. Yellowknife

 

 

The main road in Fort Providence, Denendeh along the bank of the Mackenzie River (Deh Cho) which is the largest river system in Canada. The river runs 1,738 kilometres in a northerly direction to the Arctic Ocean. The 41st Dene National Assembly was held in Fort Providence in 2011.

 

Established in 1936, Weaver & Devore Trading Ltd. specializes in general merchandise, produce, bush orders, and outdoor clothing. The store continues to serve the "Old Town" residents and bush camps. The Dene community of Ndilo sits one kilometre just north of this supply store.

 

The City of Yellowknife became the capital in 1967 and is the largest city in Denendeh (Northwest Territores). It has a population of about 20,000. The Dene name for the City of Yellowknife is "Somba Ke" which means "Place of Money". The Yellowknives Dene First Nation communities of Ndilo and Dettah are located nearby.

 

The Yellowknives Dene First Nation's community of Dettah sits on the shoreline overlooking Yellowknife

Bay. Dettah is located 25 kilometers just east of the City of Yellowknife and is accessible by an all-

season road that takes a half hour to drive but only 10 minutes over the winter ice road.

 

During the summer months, elders can usually be found enjoying a quiet afternoon visiting in the shade of a building.

 

Air travel continues to be the only way to get in and out of most remote northern communities. Aircraft are fitted with wheels for gravel landing strips, pontoons in summer and skis in winter, depending on the terrain.

 

In all communities in Denendeh, youth find solutions to increase their own mobility options, in a fun way.

 

Dene families, living along the Mackenzie River system will travel by outboard to attend large events such as the annual Dene National Assembly.

 

Sled dogs are no longer used for hunting and trapping activities of the Dene but primarily used for recreational purposes.

 

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cathedral in Thebacha (Fort Smith), Denendeh. The church celebrated its golden jubilee in May 2011. Beside the town's water tower just down main street, it is difficult to ignore the landmark of the church. The cathedral was built in 1958-59 and consecrated on June 12, 1960.

 

Young men enjoy a walk on the main street of Liidli Kue (Fort Simpson). Adults in the community continue to remind youth

of traditional teachings. In Denendeh communities, young people are told by the elders and adults that their role is to

become future leaders.

 

Infant feeding is an important time of connection between a mother and baby. Food

plays an important role in preventing and treating conditions affecting Dene communities.

 

 

 

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