For a number of years, Dene Metis and the Tungavik Federation of Nunavut tried to negotiate a deal on the boundry between their traditional territories. The negotiations failed and in 1991 a former NWT Commissioner, John Parker, was appointed to arbitrate on the issue. After hearing both sides,...Read more
For centuries the Tłı̨chǫ of the Northwest Territories have relied on an intimate knowledge of the land and its wildlife to survive. The Tłı̨chǫ lived in a yearly cycle of following traditional trails in birchbark canoes to the barren lands in the fall to harvest the caribou herd; and then...Read more
Read the Lac La Martre (Whatì) Reader Project on Bebı̀a (Baby) written in Tłı̨chǫ and English.Read Bebı̀a (Baby) here in PDF.
Project participants were:Archie Beaverho Joe Beaverho Gordon Breen Marien Breen Jim Martin Marlene Martin Bella Nitsiza Camila Nitsiza Mike Nitsiza William... Read more
In 1982, Canada changed its Constitution to add a Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter sets out the fundamental rights and freedoms that all citizens of Canada enjoy. The Charter is the highest law of Canada, and all governments, agencies and boards are...Read more
“Songs of the Tłı̨chǫ Drum Dance” is a recording of a special celebration of the New Year by accomplished northern drummers. This is a traditional time of excitement and happiness when people from all the Tłı̨chǫ communities come together in unity and togetherness. This recording showcases the...Read more
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...Read more
These winter moccasins were made in 1978 by a group of women sewing for Operation Heritage in Behchokǫ̀. They are made of caribou skin in a traditional style and have liners made with caribou skin with the hair left on. Mrs. Bernadette Williah recounts that when the hair was left on the hide,...Read more
In 1974, the Indian Brotherhood of the Northwest Territories and the Metis Association of the NWT joined together to negotiate for a single comprehensive land claim on behalf of all Aboriginal peoples of the Mackenzie Valley, including Tlicho.
After 10 years of negotiations, in May 1988,...Read more
It was becoming clear that the old treaties with Canada, including Treaty 11, were no longer working for Aboriginal people. Promises of care and services were not being kept, and Aboriginal rights were being interfered with.
In 1968, Tlicho assembled in Behchoko, and together refused to...Read more