Rocky Boy Tribe
Chippewa Indians of
Tsiigehchic, Northwest Territories
This small settlement is located in the Northwest Territories, but more properly, the Gwich'in Nation. The word Tsiigehchic is probably of Athabascan origins, or possibly Inuit origins. The settlement covers an area of 49 sq. km. Tsiigehchic is located just east of Fort McPherson, and directly south of the Gwich'in Nation city of Inuvik. The climate of the McKenzie River Delta region, is one in which long cold winters occur every year, and has three mild spring like months which can rightfully be called summers. Tsiigehchic has a population of 175. Non Indians make up 20 out of the total population of 175. Anishinabe Indians, Athabascan Indians, and Inuit Indians all live in the small settlement. There is a total of 60 housing units in the settlement, which gives Tsiigehchic 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 Tiisgehchic'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 Tsiigehchic must be much larger than claimed. It could be close to 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 are several links to photographs of Tsiigehchic, Gwich'in Nation. Just aerial photos. No road photos.