where we live: Fort liard

where we live: fort liard

 

A little introduction to Echaot’ıe Kųę – “Place of the people from the land of giants”

Location:
60°14′ N, 123°28′ W
 
Elevation:
216 metres
 
Population:
582
 
Traditional name:
Echaot’ıe Kųę
 
Name means:
“Place of the people from the land of giants”
 
Setting:
At the confluence of the Liard and Petitot Rivers in a deep, heavily wooded valley, 37 kilometres north of the B.C. border
 
Languages:
Slavey, English
 
Ethnicities:
Dene, Métis, non-Aboriginal
 
Getting here:
By all season road from Fort Nelson B.C. (two hours) or Fort Simpson (three hours)
 
Founded In:
The Deh Gah Gotie Dene have lived in the area for as much as 10,000 years. The Northwest Company founded a fur-trading post, “Riviere aux Liards” (River of Aspens) in 1807
 
Claim to fame:
The “garden spot of the North,” with the warmest weather and most luxuriant vegetation in the Northwest Territories
 
Visit for:
Purchasing exquisite birchbark baskets and moosehide beadwork at the Acho Dene Native Crafts store, possibly the finest source of Dene art in the territory
 
Best daytrip:
Fishing and paddling on the Liard River
 
Notable local:
Charles Camsell, founder of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
 
More info:
To get the whole story on the “place of the people from the land of giants,” explore Fort Liard