Dettah

Dettah

T'èɂehda – “Burnt point”

Population: 236

One of two Yellowknives Dene settlements on the outskirts of Yellowknife, this idyllic community occupies an enviable spot on the rolling shield-rock at the mouth of Yellowknife Bay. In winter you can drive, ski or walk here on the six-kilometre ice road from Yellowknife's Old Town, while in summer it’s a worthwhile 27-kilometre road trip by bike or car. Look for huskies howling, whitefish drying on racks and moosehides being tanned.

Location: 62°25’N, 114°18’W
Elevation: 179 metres
Population: 236
Indigenous name: T'èɂehda
Name means: “Burnt point”
Getting here: Seven kilometres by ice-road or 28 kilometres on the Ingraham Trail from Yellowknife
Setting: On a rocky, sparsely forested point jutting into Yellowknife Bay on Great Slave Lake
Languages: Chipewyan, Tłı̨chǫ, English
Founded In: For generations was a seasonal fishing camp; became a permanent community in the 1930s and '40s after the founding of nearby Yellowknife
Historic highlight: Queen Elizabeth visits in 1967
Historic lowlight: Michael Sikyea charged for duck hunting out of season in 1965; case goes all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada

 

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