Gamèti

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Gamèti
Rae Lakes (former)
Tlicho Community Government
Gamèti is located in Northwest Territories
Gamèti
Gamèti
Coordinates: 64°06′44″N 117°21′13″W / 64.11222°N 117.35361°W / 64.11222; -117.35361Coordinates: 64°06′44″N 117°21′13″W / 64.11222°N 117.35361°W / 64.11222; -117.35361
Country Canada
Territory Northwest Territories
Region North Slave Region
Constituency Monfwi
Census division Region 3
Incorporated 4 August 2005
Government
 • Chief David Wedawin
 • Senior Administrative Officer Judal Dominicata
 • MLA Jackson Lafferty
Area[1]
 • Land 9.19 km2 (3.55 sq mi)
Elevation 220 m (720 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 253
 • Density 27.5/km2 (71/sq mi)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Canadian Postal code X0E 1R0
Area code(s) 867
Telephone exchange 997[2]
- Living cost 147.5A
- Food price index 127.4B
Sources:
Department of Municipal and Community Affairs,[3]
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre,[4]
Canada Flight Supplement[5]
^A 2009 figure based on Edmonton = 100[6]
^B 2010 figure based on Yellowknife = 100[6]

Gamètì[pronunciation?] (formerly known as Rae Lakes[pronunciation?] until 4 August 2005), officially the Tlicho Community Government of Gameti[7] is a community in the North Slave Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. Gamètì, according to the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre means "rabbit-net lake".[4] 'Gamè' means 'rabbit', and 'tì' means lake, or water. It is one of the four Tli Cho communities which form part of the Tlicho Government.[8]

History[edit]

The area is within the traditional territory of the Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib) First Nation and was a popular hunting camp prior to permanent settlement. In the 1960s, Dene elders around Behchoko decided to return to the land and establish traditional camps in the bush. Gamètì was established during this time, although in more recent years it too has become a modern community with essential services of its own. The community was officially known as Rae Lakes until August 4, 2005.

Demographics[edit]

Population was 253 according to the 2011 Census, a decrease of 10.6% from the 2006 Census.[1] According to the 2006 Census there were 275 Aboriginal people, of which 250 were North American Indian, 10 were Métis people and 20 were Inuit.[9] Local languages are Tlicho and English. In 2011 the Government of the Northwest Territories reported that the population was 311 with an average yearly growth rate of 0.7 from 2001.[6]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1996 263 —    
1997 273 +3.8%
1998 290 +6.2%
1999 285 −1.7%
2000 289 +1.4%
2001 290 +0.3%
2002 293 +1.0%
2003 300 +2.4%
Year Pop. ±%
2004 288 −4.0%
2005 292 +1.4%
2006 291 −0.3%
2007 294 +1.0%
2008 292 −0.7%
2009 294 +0.7%
2010 302 +2.7%
2011 311 +3.0%
Sources: NWT Bureau of Statistics (2001 - 2011).[6]

Services[edit]

The community, which is served by the Gamètì/Rae Lakes Airport, does not have all-weather road access, but an ice road is sometimes built in the winter. There is a daycare in the Gamètì and the Jean Wetrade School that provides education up to grade 9, along with a community learning centre. Other services include a post office, a two member RCMP detachment, a health centre, with one nurse and the Rae Lakes General Store.[10]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Rae Lakes
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high Humidex −1.1 −1.8 8.1 19.1 26.7 33.9 36.4 31.9 26.2 17.8 3.3 1.4 36.4
Record high °C (°F) −0.8
(30.6)
−1.4
(29.5)
9.4
(48.9)
19.2
(66.6)
26.7
(80.1)
32.6
(90.7)
32.0
(89.6)
31.7
(89.1)
23.6
(74.5)
18.3
(64.9)
5.0
(41)
1.7
(35.1)
32.6
(90.7)
Average high °C (°F) −22.7
(−8.9)
−18.3
(−0.9)
−11.4
(11.5)
1.3
(34.3)
8.9
(48)
17.9
(64.2)
21.5
(70.7)
17.1
(62.8)
10.1
(50.2)
−0.2
(31.6)
−11.0
(12.2)
−17.1
(1.2)
−0.3
(31.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) −27.1
(−16.8)
−23.6
(−10.5)
−18.5
(−1.3)
−5.9
(21.4)
3.4
(38.1)
12.9
(55.2)
16.8
(62.2)
13.2
(55.8)
7.0
(44.6)
−2.7
(27.1)
−14.5
(5.9)
−21.5
(−6.7)
−5.0
(23)
Average low °C (°F) −31.5
(−24.7)
−28.9
(−20)
−25.4
(−13.7)
−13.1
(8.4)
−2.2
(28)
7.9
(46.2)
12.2
(54)
9.2
(48.6)
3.8
(38.8)
−5.2
(22.6)
−18.1
(−0.6)
−25.9
(−14.6)
−9.8
(14.4)
Record low °C (°F) −51.5
(−60.7)
−47.8
(−54)
−46.6
(−51.9)
−35.5
(−31.9)
−22.3
(−8.1)
−1.0
(30.2)
−0.1
(31.8)
−1.0
(30.2)
−7.7
(18.1)
−28.1
(−18.6)
−41.3
(−42.3)
−47.1
(−52.8)
−51.5
(−60.7)
Wind chill −53.6 −60.4 −51.5 −43.3 −30.7 −6.1 0.0 0.0 −13.4 −33.3 −45.4 −53.0 −60.4
 % humidity 73.2 72.3 60.5 54.0 50.4 45.7 49.6 59.8 69.6 79.5 84.3 80.9 65.0
Source: Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gamètì, CG Northwest Territories (Census subdivision)
  2. ^ Listed under "Rae Lakes (Gameti)" by Northwestel
  3. ^ "NWT Communities - Gamèti". Government of the Northwest Territories: Department of Municipal and Community Affairs. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  4. ^ a b Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre - official names
  5. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 24 July 2014 to 0901Z 18 September 2014
  6. ^ a b c d Gamèti - Statistical Profile at the GNWT
  7. ^ Differences in Community Government Structures
  8. ^ Government of the NWT news release on land claims signing
  9. ^ 2006 Aboriginal Population Profile
  10. ^ Gamètì Infrastructure Profile
  11. ^ "Rae Lakes" (CSV (3069 KB)). Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010. Environment Canada. Climate ID: 2203359. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Northwest Territories, and BHP Billiton Diamonds Inc. Communities and Diamonds Socio-Economic Impacts in the Communities of: Behchoko, Gameti, Whati, Wekweeti, Detah, Ndilo, Lutsel K'e, and Yellowknife : 2005 Annual Report of the Government of the Northwest Territories Under the BHP Billiton, Diavik and De Beers Socio-Economic Agreements. [Yellowknife]: Govt. of the Northwest Territories, 2006.