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This settlement is located in the Northwest Territories, but more properly, the Akaitcho Nation. The settlement covers an area of 15 sq. km. Detah is located near Great Slave Lake. It is about 3 miles southwest of Yellowknife. The climate of the region, is one in which long cold winters occur every year, and has around two to three mild summer months which are a few degrees cooler than locations which are further away huge Great Slave Lake. Detah's population is officially 247. Anishinabe Indians and Athabascan Indians, live in the small settlement. Officially there are 77 housing units in Detah. Detah's average household size is about 3.3 persons per housing unit. However, knowing how native settlements differ from white settlements, it is very likely that Detah'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 Detah must be much larger than claimed. It could be over 500.

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 is a link to a map of the Akaitcho Nation settlement of Detah.

Map of Detah
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