Where we live: Fort Providence

Where we live: fort providence

 

A little introduction to Zhahti Kųę – “the mission house”

Location:
61°21′ N, 117°40′ W
 
Elevation:
160 metres
 
Population:
734
 
Traditional name:
Zhahti Kųę
 
Name means:
“Mission house”
 
Setting:
On the north bank of the Mackenzie River, just a few dozen kilometres downstream from Great Slave Lake
 
Languages:
Slavey, English
 
Ethnicities:
Dene, Métis, non-Aboriginal
 
Getting there:
By all season road from Hay River (two hours) and Yellowknife (3.5 hours)
 
Founded In:
The 1860s, when Roman Catholic Oblates opened a mission, boarding school and orphanage here, calling the site “Providence.” By 1868 the Hudson Bay Company had opened a trading post nearby, calling it “Fort Providence”
 
Claim to fame:
One-tonne wood bison, which roam the dusty streets, often browsing in locals’ front yards
 
Visit for:
Purchasing local arts and crafts; watching the tremendous crash of ice-floes when the Mackenzie River breaks up; the Bison Jamboree (end of March)
 
Best daytrip:
Flightseeing over nearby attractions such as Great Slave Lake, the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary and Lady Evelyn Falls
 
Best expedition:
Setting off from here to paddle the Mackenzie River
 
Historic highlight:
Opening of the Deh Cho Bridge (the only bridge across the Mackenzie River) in 2012
 
Notable locals:
Robert McLeod, premier of the Northwest Territories; Michael McLeod, the Northwest Territories' Member of Parliament
 
More info:
To get the whole story on “Zhahti Kųę,” explore Fort Providence