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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 Tlicho Territory settlements and a map of Tlicho 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 Tlicho People. Tlicho People are Chipewyan. 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 Tlicho Chipewyan's) drove them west to Alberta and British Columbia. Tlicho 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, Dogrib and Yellowknifes) population is around 40,000. They all must be considered Chipewyan. Gwich'in People must also be included as Chipewyan. These northern Ojibway People known as Tlicho, settled a land claim on August 25, 2003. An area of land in compact form was set aside for them. It's known as Tlicho Territory. It covers a land area of 39,000 sq. km. or 15,100 sq. mi. Their population is 3,170.
Tlicho Territory Settlements and Population (3,170)
Detah - Population is 219
Behchoko - Population is 1,874
Gameti - Population is 278
Ndilo - Population is 200
Wekweeti - Population is 129
Wha Ti - Population is 470
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