Welcome to the Official Website of the Dene Nation
The Dene Nation has existed for over 30,000 years, with one language and many dialects: Gwich’in; Sahtu; Deh Cho; Tlicho; and, Akaitcho. The Dene have always been sustained by the land and all that it has to offer.
Located In YellowknifeDene Nation
5125 – 50th Street
P.O. Box 2338
Toll Free: 1-866-511-4081
Gwich’in flute player William Greenland demonstrates the music of two flutes at the annual Dene Nation BBQ held in Samba’Ke (Yellowknife), Denendeh on June 17, 2011.
Elder Mary Wilson of Fort Good Hope, Denendeh, wrote the following excerpt on the nation of Dene:
“In the past, the Dene of the five tribes were scattered because they lived on the land to make their living and some still do. But as time changed so did the lifestyle of the people. They began to feel the pressures from developments surrounding them. So they decided to join and form an organization. That’s how the Dene Nation came to be.
In the year of 1969, the Indian Brotherhood was formed in the Northwest Territories. This is a political organization to represent the Treaty Indians of the five tribes: Dogrib, Chipewyan, Southern Slavey, Northern Slavey and the Loucheux. By researching Treaties #8 and #11 signed by the Federal Government on land claims and protection of Aboriginal rights.
In 1975, they declared themselves to a nation within Canada with the right to self-determination, changing their name from Indian Brotherhood of the Northwest Territories to Dene Nation, as it is called today, to represent all Dene and their descendants of the five tribes. At this time a more comprehensive land claims negotiations team was formed. Today we are still fighting for the rights to our land and resources, as negotiations goes on”.
**NOTE: Written Verbatim — (word-for-word from original source); date unknown.