where we live: Fort Resolution

Where we live: fort resolution

 

A little introduction to Denínu Kųę – “Moose island place”

Location:
61°10′ N, 113°40′ W
 
Elevation:
160 metres
 
Population:
496
 
Traditional name:
Denínu Kųę – “Moose island place”
 
Setting:
At the mouth of the Slave River on the level, lushly forested south shore of Great Slave Lake
 
Languages:
Chipewyan, English
 
Ethnicities:
Chipewyan, Métis, non-Aboriginal
 
Getting here:
By road from Hay River (two hours)
 
Founded in:
For centuries, Chipewyan and other Dene people used this area. The first fur-trading post in the North was built here in 1791 by Cuthbert Grant Sr. of the North West Company. In 1819, Aualay McAulay of the Hudson’s Bay Company built a competing post nearby, which he named Fort Resolution
 
Claim to fame:
The oldest continuously occupied town in the Northwest Territories, and long the primary fur-trading centre on Great Slave Lake
 
Historic highlight:
Signing of Treaty 8 on July 25, 1900, by chiefs Sunrise, Snuff, Drygeese, Beaulieu and others
 
Don’t miss:
The abandoned site of Pine Point, 45 minutes west of town – once one of the biggest mining towns in the North, and now an eerie network of paved roads and sidewalks being overtaken by the wilderness  
 
Visit for:
Spring Carnival and Northwest Territories Dogsled Championships (March); Deninoo Days community festival (end of September)
 
More info:
To get the whole story on “the moose island place,” explore Fort Resolution