Fort Good Hope

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Fort Good Hope
Rádeyîlîkóé
Charter Community
01 - Fort Good Hope community view.jpg
Fort Good Hope is located in Northwest Territories
Fort Good Hope
Fort Good Hope
Coordinates: 66°15′31″N 128°37′43″W / 66.25861°N 128.62861°W / 66.25861; -128.62861Coordinates: 66°15′31″N 128°37′43″W / 66.25861°N 128.62861°W / 66.25861; -128.62861
Country Canada
Territory Northwest Territories
Region Sahtu Region
Constituency Sahtu
Census division Region 2
Charter Community 1 April 1995
Government
 • Chief Greg Laboucan
 • Senior Administrative Officer Gordon MacKeinzo
 • MLA Norman Yakeleya
Area[1]
 • Land 47.14 km2 (18.20 sq mi)
Elevation 268 m (879 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 515
 • Density 10.9/km2 (28/sq mi)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Canadian Postal code X0E 0H0
Area code(s) 867
Telephone exchange 598
- Living cost 172.5A
- Food price index 180.2B
Sources:
Department of Municipal and Community Affairs,[2]
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre,[3]
Canada Flight Supplement[4]
^A 2009 figure based on Edmonton = 100[5]
^B 2010 figure based on Yellowknife = 100[5]

Fort Good Hope (or the Charter Community of K'asho Got'ine[pronunciation?]) is a charter community in the Sahtu Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. It is located on a peninsula between Jackfish Creek and the east bank of the Mackenzie River, about 145 km (90 mi) northwest of Norman Wells. The two principal languages are North Slavey and English. Hunting and trapping are two major sources of income.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 Census the population was 515, a decrease of 7.5% from the 2006 Census.[1] In 2006 the Aboriginal population was 515, of which 460 were North American Indians, 40 Métis people and 10 Inuit.[6] In 2012 the Government of the Northwest Territories reported that the population was 559 with an average yearly growth rate of -0.5% from 2001.[5]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1996 699 —    
1997 687 −1.7%
1998 674 −1.9%
1999 642 −4.7%
2000 607 −5.5%
2001 586 −3.5%
2002 596 +1.7%
2003 566 −5.0%
2004 553 −2.3%
Year Pop.   ±%  
2005 558 +0.9%
2006 576 +3.2%
2007 578 +0.3%
2008 570 −1.4%
2009 567 −0.5%
2010 569 +0.4%
2011 557 −2.1%
2012 559 +0.4%
Sources: NWT Bureau of Statistics (2001 - 2012)[5]

Transportation[edit]

The only all season access is by air, Fort Good Hope Airport, with flights operated by North-Wright Airways from Inuvik, Norman Wells and Colville Lake.[7] The community can be accessed in summer using the Mackenzie River. There is no passenger service and the route is primarily used by the Northern Transportation Company for the summersealift. Winter access is possible via a winter road from Wrigley located further south. The NWT government is seeking federal funding to help extend the Mackenzie Highway from Wrigley to Tsiigehtchic, where it would connect with the Dempster Highway, as of winter 2014 at least eight major river crossings are in place for the new road, some of which are in use as winter crossings.

First Nations[edit]

Fort Good Hope is represented by the K’asho Go’tine Community Council and belong to the Sahtu Dene Council.[8] Through the council they are in negotiations with the Government of Canada for a land claims settlement.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Fort Good Hope Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high Humidex 3.3 4.6 5.8 17.9 29.2 37.3 43.4 35.8 27.4 20.6 5.6 5.0 43.4
Record high °C (°F) 6.7
(44.1)
5.6
(42.1)
8.5
(47.3)
18.5
(65.3)
28.2
(82.8)
34.6
(94.3)
35.0
(95)
33.9
(93)
28.3
(82.9)
22.1
(71.8)
5.4
(41.7)
5.9
(42.6)
35.0
(95)
Average high °C (°F) −23.8
(−10.8)
−19.7
(−3.5)
−14.1
(6.6)
−0.2
(31.6)
10.5
(50.9)
20.9
(69.6)
22.4
(72.3)
18.4
(65.1)
10.2
(50.4)
−2.3
(27.9)
−15.9
(3.4)
−19.8
(−3.6)
−1.1
(30)
Daily mean °C (°F) −27.8
(−18)
−24.2
(−11.6)
−20.0
(−4)
−6.9
(19.6)
4.7
(40.5)
14.8
(58.6)
16.7
(62.1)
12.7
(54.9)
5.4
(41.7)
−5.9
(21.4)
−19.8
(−3.6)
−24.0
(−11.2)
−6.2
(20.8)
Average low °C (°F) −31.7
(−25.1)
−28.7
(−19.7)
−25.8
(−14.4)
−13.6
(7.5)
−1.1
(30)
8.6
(47.5)
10.9
(51.6)
7.1
(44.8)
0.5
(32.9)
−9.4
(15.1)
−23.7
(−10.7)
−28.1
(−18.6)
−11.2
(11.8)
Record low °C (°F) −53.9
(−65)
−55.6
(−68.1)
−48.3
(−54.9)
−40.0
(−40)
−25.0
(−13)
−3.3
(26.1)
−2.3
(27.9)
−5.6
(21.9)
−17.0
(1.4)
−38.0
(−36.4)
−47.2
(−53)
−52.2
(−62)
−55.6
(−68.1)
Wind chill −64.4 −63.8 −55.2 −41.8 −25.1 −8.0 0.0 −5.6 −18.4 −47.4 −55.0 −63.6 −64.4
Precipitation mm (inches) 19.6
(0.772)
21.0
(0.827)
16.4
(0.646)
9.4
(0.37)
11.5
(0.453)
27.1
(1.067)
41.3
(1.626)
39.7
(1.563)
33.6
(1.323)
29.5
(1.161)
23.2
(0.913)
22.5
(0.886)
294.8
(11.606)
Rainfall mm (inches) 0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.2
(0.008)
6.7
(0.264)
27.1
(1.067)
41.3
(1.626)
39.7
(1.563)
27.6
(1.087)
2.4
(0.094)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
144.9
(5.705)
Snowfall cm (inches) 19.7
(7.76)
21.2
(8.35)
16.6
(6.54)
9.3
(3.66)
4.9
(1.93)
0.1
(0.04)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
6.0
(2.36)
27.3
(10.75)
23.6
(9.29)
22.6
(8.9)
151.2
(59.53)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 8.5 8.7 8.0 4.5 4.1 6.8 9.2 9.5 10.0 12.2 10.3 9.7 101.2
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 2.4 6.8 9.2 9.4 8.3 1.1 0.0 0.0 37.3
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 8.5 8.7 7.9 4.4 1.9 0.1 0.0 0.0 2.1 11.2 10.3 9.8 64.7
 % humidity 78.2 80.3 72.1 79.8 89.1 90.1 85.2 82.1
Source: Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010[9]

Education[edit]

Fort Good Hope currently has three institutes providing some form of education. For pre-school, there is the Fort Good Hope Daycare. Elementary, junior high and senior high school students attend Chief T'Selehye School. Chief T'Selehye School is not a pre-university school. Attending the school will not provide academic courses required for admissions to most college/university programs in Canada. Getting an education at Chief T'Selehye School will prepare one for a career in the trades field. However, if one attends Aurora College Learning Centre, located in the town, in the developmental studies program one can upgrade their marks from high school or upgrade their academic courses that is required for Aurora College admission or college and university admission. Most students from town that graduate high school tend to explore the south to upgrade their academic courses for college/university admission, so they can get used to the different environment that can prospectively be their home for their post-secondary years. Education is a widely controversial issue in Fort Good Hope due to the lack of preparation for university education.

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