Colville Lake, Northwest Territories
|Census division||Region 2|
|First Nation (Designated Authority)||30 November 1995|
|• Chief||Alvin Orlias|
|• Senior Administrative Officer||Joseph Kochon|
|• MLA||Norman Yakeleya|
|• Land||128.39 km2 (49.57 sq mi)|
|Elevation||259 m (850 ft)|
|• Density||1.2/km2 (3/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|Canadian Postal code||X0E 1L0|
|- Living cost||177.5A|
|- Food price index||202.8B|
Department of Municipal and Community Affairs,
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre,
Canada Flight Supplement
^A 2009 figure based on Edmonton = 100
^B 2010 figure based on Yellowknife = 100
Colville Lake (K'áhbamį́túé[pronunciation?] meaning "ptarmigan net place") is a settlement corporation located in the Sahtu Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. The community is located 50 km (31 mi) north of the Arctic Circle, on a lake of the same name, and is northeast of Norman Wells.
Population is 149 according to the 2011 Census, an increase of 18.3% over the 2006 Census. In 2012 the Government of the Northwest Territories reported that the population was 157 with an average yearly growth rate of 2.9% from 2001. The GNWT also reported that the majority, 139 people, were Aboriginal, Sahtu Dene. They are represented by the Behdzi Ahda First Nation and belong to the Sahtu Dene Council
|Sources: NWT Bureau of Statistics (2001 - 2012)|
Geography and climate
Colville Lake is located 745 km (463 mi) by air northwest of Yellowknife. The terrain is characterized by black spruce and tends to be small and sparse. Other vegetation includes mosses, lichens, grasses and alders. The winter months begin in October and last until April. The month of May is considered the spring or breakup period. By the end of May or Early June the lakes and rivers are normally free of ice, although this varies. June, July and August are considered the summer months and temperatures range in the mid twenties. At times the temperature has climbed into the low thirties. By late September, freeze up is well underway again.
The community of Colville Lake is the ancestral homeland of the Hareskin Dene who still inhabit the area. The Hareskin Dene were never very numerous, with a population of less than one thousand people, living in six or seven bands, at the time of European contact. The Hareskins were a peaceful group, known for their use of small animals such as the Arctic hare. Located within the traditional homeland of the North Slave Dene tribe, Colville Lake is a completely traditional community in every sense. Although Father Émile Petitot brought Christianity to the area in 1864, organization of the community did not occur until 1962 when a Roman Catholic mission was established.
Today you can visit the site of the mission Our Lady of the Snows. One main attraction is a fishing lodge. Colville Lake is home to grayling, trout and pike fish. There is also a small art gallery and museum located next to the lodge. Rounding off the town, there is a Bed and Breakfast and two stores.
- Colville Lake, SET Northwest Territories (Census subdivision)
- "NWT Communities - Colville Lake". Government of the Northwest Territories: Department of Municipal and Community Affairs. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
- Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre - official names
- Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 24 July 2014 to 0901Z 18 September 2014
- Colville Lake - Statistical Profile at the GNWT
- Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
- Communities Economic Reference Library; Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment. pg 13.(2006).
- Spectacular NWT Tourism
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