Rocky Boy Tribe
Chippewa Indians of
Trout Lake, Northwest Territories
This settlement is located in the Northwest Territories, but more properly, the Dehcho Nation. The settlement covers an area of 119 sq. km. Trout Lake is located southwest of huge Great Slave Lake, and just north of British Columbia by about 30 miles, and east of Fort Liard. The climate of the region, is one in which long cold winters occur every year, and has around four mild summer months which are a few degrees warmer than locations which are located close to Great Slave Lake. Trout Lake's population is 86. Non Indians make up 5 out of the total population of 86. Anishinabe Indians and Athabascan Indians, live in the small settlement. There is a total of 30 housing units in the settlement, which gives Trout Lake an average household size of around 3.0 persons per housing unit. However, knowing how native settlements differ from white settlements, it is very likely that Trout Lake'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 Trout Lake must be much larger than claimed. It could be close to 160.
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 Trout Lake, Dehcho Nation.