Where we live: Jean Marie River

Where we live: Jean Marie River

 

A little introduction to Tthek’éhdélı – “Water flowing over clay”

Location:
61°32′ N, 120°38′ W
 
Elevation:
143 metres
 
Population:
71
 
Traditional name:
Tthek’éhdélı – “Water flowing over clay”
 
Setting:
On the south bank of the Mackenzie River just above its junction with the Jean Marie River
 
Languages:
Dene Zhatie (South Slavey), English
 
Ethnicities:
Dene (South Slavey)
 
Getting here:
By road from the Mackenzie Highway
 
Best expedition:
Paddling from here down the Mackenzie to Fort Simpson (two or three days)
 
Founded in:
Long used by the Slavey Dene, the first permanent structures here were erected by locals approximately a century ago. In 1951 the community built its own school, and the Hudson Bay Company established a store in 1964
 
Don’t miss:
Hiking and sightseeing at Sambaa Deh Falls, on the Mackenzie Highway, a half-hour’s drive from the community
 
More info:
To get the whole story on the place of “water flowing over clay,” explore Jean Marie River