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Dechi Laot'i First Nations
PO Box 69
Wekweti, NT
X0E 1W0
Phone:  (867) 713-2010
Fax: (867) 713-2030
Email: Jennifer Keith, Chief Administration Officer

see website: www.wekweti.ca

"Located about 200km north of Yellowknife, the community of Wekweti changed its name from Snare Lake in 1999.  Originally an outpost hunting camp, permanent settlement did not occur until the 1970s.  A few families traveled from Rae to Snare Lake - the heart of the Bathurst caribou migration - searching for a place to live that would encompass a more traditional Dogrib lifestyle.  Today, hunting, fishing and trapping remain major economic activities in the area.

The 2004 population is around 150 people. Wekweti has one general store, a school for kindergarten to grade nine, a learning/outreach centre, post office, fire hall, garage, arcade, and a contemporary 5-room hotel.

The Dechi Laot'i First Nations and the Wekweti Development Corporation operate out of the Band Office, a modern structure equipped with meeting facilities in the council chambers. All facilities are open year-round. Local languages are Dogrib and English, and the community belongs to the electoral district of North Slave and to land claim area of Dogrib Treaty 11. " [quote from site 2005.07.23 - see this well designed site www.wekweti.ca for more information ]

Deh Cho First Nations
P.O. Box 89
Fort Simpson,
Northwest Territories NWT
X0E 0N0
Phone:  (403) 695-2355

Dogrib Treaty 11 Council
P.O. Box 25
Fort Rae, NWT
X0E 0Y0
Phone:  (403) 392-6381

The Dogrib Treaty 11 Council includes the following 1st Nations Groups / Tribal Groups / Bands: 

  • #765 - Dogrib Rae Band
  • #769 - Wha Ti First Nation
  • #773 - Gameti First Nation
  • #774 - Dechi Laoti First Nation
    see the Dechi Loat'i First Nation web site at www.wekweti.ca the Wekweti Community [formerly known as the Snare Lake community]

See also the Indian And Northern Affairs Canada / Affaires indiennes et du Nord Canada, government website document (updated last 2004-04-03 }

Gwich'in Tribal Council
P.O. Box 30
Fort McPherson, NWT
X0E 0J0
Phone:  (403) 952-2330

nb "The Gwich'in Council International (GCI) was established as a non-profit organization in 1999 by the Gwich'in Tribal Council in Inuvik, NWT, [Canada] to ensure all regions of the Gwich'in Nation in the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Alaska [USA] are represented at the Arctic Council, as well as to play an active and significant role in the development of policies that relate to the Circumpolar Arctic.

The founding members of GCI includes six Alaskan Gwich'in communities (Arctic Village, Chalkyitsik, Fort Yukon, Birtch, Circle and Venetie) two Gwich'in representative bodies in Canada -- Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation representing Vuntut Gwitchin in Old Crow, Yukon, and Gwich'in Tribal Council representing four communities in the Beaufort Delta region in the Northwest Territories. In total, the Gwich'in Council International founding members represent approximately 9,000 indigenous peoples of Gwich'in descent. The GCI Secretariat rotates between the Gwich'in Tribal Council in Inuvik, NWT and the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Old Crow, Yukon." [ quote fr. web site www.gwichin.org 2005.07.23 ]

NWT Treaty 8 Tribal Council
General Delivery
Fort Resolution, NWT
X0E 0M0
Phone: (403) 394-3313

Sahtu Dene Council
P.O. Box 155
Deline, NWT
X0E 0G0
Phone:  (403) 589-4719

"The SahtÚ Dene Concil functions as a political body for the SahtÚ, in treaty matters and matters relating to the Indian Act.
The Council provides leadership in reviewing and deciding on anything that influences the way in which Ú business is conducted, and acts in an advisory capacity concerning day to day operations and management." [quote fr. website 05.07.23 ]

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