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Wekweeti, Northwest Territories


This settlement is located in the Northwest Territories, but more properly, the Tlicho Nation. The settlement covers an area of 14 sq. km. Wekweeti is located between Great Bear Lake to the north, and Great Slave Lake to the south. The climate of the region, is one in which long cold winters occur every year, and has three mild summer like months. Wekweeti's population is officially 137. Anishinabe Indians and Athabascan Indians, live in the small settlement. Officially there are 35 housing units in Wekweeti. Wekweeti's average household size is about 4.0 persons per housing unit. However, knowing how native settlements differ from white settlements, it is very likely that Wekweeti'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 Wekweeti must be much larger than claimed. It could be over 250.



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 Wekweeti, Tlicho Nation.









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