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Reading old 19th century books has been very helpful in learning exactly who Athabascan People are. Below is a list of Dehcho settlements and a map of Dehcho Territory. According to 1832's Edinburgh Encyclopedia, Athabascan People are Algonquin. To be specific, they are Lenni Lenape who are really Ojibway. Those old 19th century books, especially before 1850, are far more reliable than later books written about Native Americans. Lenni Lenape are also known as Delaware's. They originally lived out west where Missouri River probably commences in Montana. An event happened which forced them to migrate east to Atlantic Oceans Coastline. That was an invasion of whites. As mentioned, Lenni Lenape people are really Ojibway. Lenni Lenape has two meanings. It does not mean "Original Man." It also does not mean "Spontaneous Man." Lenni means "Man." Lenape means "Male." Take away "Le" from both words and it's "En-ni" and "Na-pe." Ojibway word for man is "I-ni-ni" and their word for male is "Na-be." Translated Lenni Lenape means "Man - Male." Delaware People spoke Ojibway. We know that from 19th century Ojibway authors and white authors. Click here to read Edinburgh Encyclopedia. If you see "Page 33" click on it! It details that Ojibway People gave rise to Chipewyan People, Copper People, Cree People (Hudson Bay Company staff named them Beaver Indians who are Athabascan) and Dogrib People. Dehcho People are Chipewyan. They are also known as Hare, Sahtu and Slavey. These Ojibway's forced their way up to Beaufort Sea from a location near Lake Superior. They were sent there to reinforce Ojibway People native to that region or along Beaufort Sea's southern coast and around Hudson Bay's north coast. Whites were bringing many Eskimo People to McKenzie River's Delta and east to Hudson Bay, to fight Ojibway People for control of Northwest Passage. Some Ojibway's from their Hunter Totem or Gaossed Dodim, were lured to HBC trade posts to trade. They became traitors. HBC staff commenced to calling them Beaver Indians as a result of their favorite trade item being beaver pelts. They also named them Keskatchewan Indians. However, they are better known as Cree. They have a few First Nations in Alberta and British Columbia. There are no Cree First Nations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Labrador. Ojibway Soldiers (among them were Dehcho Chipewyan's) drove them west to Alberta and British Columbia. Dehcho People are not very numerous. However, they must be included with Chipewyan People. These northern most Ojibway's, live in far northern Manitoba, Nunavut, north Saskatchewan, north Alberta, north British Columbia and Northwest Territories. Their (Dehcho or Hare and Sahtu and North Slavey and South Slavey, Chipewyan, Copper and Dogrib) population is around 40,000. They all must be considered Chipewyan. Gwich'in People must also be included as Chipewyan. Dehcho leaders must keep their land. They must not cede any of their land. Dehcho Territory is vast. Their territory has a land area of 215,000 sq. km. or over 83,000 sq. mi. Adjacent to Dehcho Territory on it's east, is vast Akaitcho Territory. Their population is 6,626.
Dehcho Territory Settlements and Population (6,626)
Enterprise - Population is 106 - (has a white population)
Fort Liard - Population is 500
Hay River - Population is 3,528 - (has a white population)
Fort Providence - Population is 695
Fort Simpson - Population is 1,202
Jean Marie River - Population is 77
Kakisa - Population is 36
Nahanni Butte - Population is 87
North Hay River - Population is 309
Trout Lake - Population is 86
Wrigley - Population is 119