Where we live: Behchokǫ̀

Where we live: Behchokǫ̀


A little introduction to Behchokǫ̀, the “Mbehcho’s place”

Location:   62°48′ N, 116°03′ W

Elevation:   179 metres

Population:   2,104

Name means:   “Mbehcho’s place”

Former Names:   Fort Rae, Rae-Edzo

Languages:   Tłı̨chǫ Yatıı̀, English

Getting there:   By road, one hour northwest of Yellowknife on Highway 3

Founded In:   1852, as a Hudson Bay Company post on a peninsula in Great Slave Lake. Moved to its present location in the early 20th Century 

Claim to fame:   Seat of the Tłı̨chǫ self-government; largest Dene community in the world

Visit for:   Dene handgames tournaments, National Aboriginal Day (June 21), Happy Daze (mid-August)

Best daytrip:   To Sah Naji Kwe Wilderness Spa Resort

Best expedition:   Paddling or pike fishing in the North Arm of Great Slave Lake

Historic highlight:   Signing of Treaty 11 by Chief Monfwi in 1921, lauching of the Tłı̨chǫ Government in 2005

Notable locals:   Archie Beaulieu, artist; John B. Zoe, political leader; Georges Erasmus, political leader; Richard Van Camp, author

More info:   To get the whole story on the capital of Tłı̨chǫ territory, explore Behchokǫ̀