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Land Claims Agreement - Signed

The Dogrib Treaty 11 Council, the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada signed the agreement on August 25, 2003

The historic Tłı̨chǫ Land Claims and Self-Government agreement was signed in Behchokǫ̀ on August 25, 2003, exactly 82 years after Chief Monfwi signed Treaty 11.

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and many other dignitaries were on hand for the official signing of the Agreement.

Madeleine Zoe 1889 - 1993

Born Madeleine Ink’ayamo in the Behchokǫ̀ region on June 14, 1889.  On August 13, 1907, she married Benjamin Zoe, and had 11 children: Louis, Joseph, Veronique, Nicolas, Marie Adele, Sarah, Edward, Helen Margaret, Dora George, and Elizabeth. 
Madeline is remember for many reasons but in particular for being a hard working wife and mother. She did not know how to waste time. She was known to assist sick and dying people. She was a will know midwife. 
But most of all, she will be remembered for her strong faith and her wisdom.

Lion People gave her power to heal

1979 news article on Madeleine Rabesca of Behchokǫ̀ by Hubet Johnson.  

I was walking in the bush and all of a sudden I heard a loud roar. I looked around and saw a big lion and his long mane blowing in the wind...In a few seconds, the lion turned into a man, and a woman was standing behind him in the distance. They were dark-skinned people but not Indian...He said he only want to give mt he power to make people well... I don't know why he chose me.

Tłı̨chǫ Chimney Project

The Tłı̨chǫ Chimney Project was created by the partnership between the Tłı̨chǫ Government, De Beers Canada and the University of British Columbia. The goal of the project was to produce documentation that will assist in the future reconstruction/replication of a traditional  chimney by the Tłı̨chǫ people. 

EMES school offers Tłįchǫ language in kindergarten

CBC Story - September 02, 2012 - For the first time in almost 20 years, kindergarten classes in Behchoko, N.W.T., are being offered entirely in Tlicho Yati, the language of the Tlicho First Nation people.

It’s a move parents hope will help connect their children with their culture.

Almost 30 children are enrolled in the immersion kindergarten, more than double what was expected.

Harry Simpson (1934-2007)

Harry Sımpson dechı̨ta deèzhǫ, nàzè, łıwe k’alawo eyıts’ǫ edzoò k’ele ı̨̀le. Wekǫ̀ta gha ası̀ı łǫ k’e wheda ı̨lè eyıts’ǫ Tłı̨chǫ gha ndè ghǫ neyàetı eyıts’ǫ whacho ndèts’ǫ̀ k’aòwo gı̨lı̨ gha ǫhdaà dehkw’e sıı xè ɂaı̀t’ı̨ ı̨̀le.

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