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Young Tłı̨chǫ girl in front of school in Wekweètì



This smallest, most remote of the Tłįchǫ Dene communities occupies a gorgeous setting on the Snare River as it weaves through sandy, rolling shield-country on the cusp of the treeline. No settlement is closer to the Barrenlands, nor to the diamond mines that are one of the NWT's major economic engines. Fishing and hiking here are ideal. Access is by air and, during some part of the winter, ice road from Behchoko.

Wekweeti, or "Rock Lake" is home to about 150 Tłįchǫ Dene. It is in the traditional territory of the Tłįchǫ First Nation, and was used for generations as a seasonal hunting camp. It became a permanent settlement in about 1960 when elders moved here from the Behchokǫ̀ area seeking to return to a more traditional lifestyle.

When you visit, be sure to keep an eye out for the majestic Barrenlands Caribou. This community was founded due in large part to the great herds of Barrenland caribou that often passed close by.

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