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Behcho Ko, Northwest Territories


This settlement is located in the Northwest Territories, but more properly, the Tlicho Nation. The settlement covers an area of 75 sq. km. Behcho Ko is located on Great Slave Lakes northern tip. The climate of the region, is one in which long cold winters occur every year, and has two mild summer like months. Behcho Ko's population is officially 1,894. Anishinabe Indians and Athabascan Indians, live in the small settlement. Officially there are 449 housing units in Behcho Ko. Behcho Ko's average household size is about 4.2 persons per housing unit. However, knowing how native settlements differ from white settlements, it is very likely that Behcho Ko's average household size is closer to 7.0 to over 8.0 persons per housing unit. If that's the case, the population of Behcho Ko must be much larger than claimed. It could be near 4,000.



Historically, the settlement can trace its roots back to the late 18th century after the whites commenced to invade that region. The whites commenced to barter with the Athabascan and Inuit Indians to the great dismay of the Anishinabe people who warned them about the whites. After the whites commenced to barter with the Athabascan and Inuit Indians, they commenced to use the trade products to launch devastating plague warfare assaults on them. In the matter of a few short decades, the Athabascan and Inuit population had been decimated by about 90%. In all likelihood, the Anishinabe people are the most numerous Indians of the Northwest Territories. They had been warned by the Seven Fires Prophecy that the invading whites would be responsible for new diseases which would completely decimate Indian populations. They took measures to defend themselves, while the Athabascan and Inuit Indians, did not. Below are several links to photographs of Behcho Ko, Tlicho Nation.









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