Jean Marie River

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Jean Marie River
Tthek'éhdélį or Tthek'edeli
First Nation - Designated Authority
(Tthek'éhdélį First Nation)
Jean Marie River
Jean Marie River
Jean Marie River is located in Northwest Territories
Jean Marie River
Jean Marie River
Coordinates: 61°31′33″N 120°37′38″W / 61.52583°N 120.62722°W / 61.52583; -120.62722Coordinates: 61°31′33″N 120°37′38″W / 61.52583°N 120.62722°W / 61.52583; -120.62722
Country Canada
Territory Northwest Territories
Region Dehcho Region
Constituency Nahendeh
Census division Region 4
 • Chief Stanley Sanguez
 • MLA Kevin Menicoche
 • Land 37.29 km2 (14.40 sq mi)
Elevation 143 m (469 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 64
 • Density 1.7/km2 (4/sq mi)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Canadian Postal code X0E 0N0A
Area code(s) 867
Telephone exchange 809
- Living cost 142.5B
Department of Municipal and Community Affairs,[2]
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre,[3]
Canada Flight Supplement[4]
^A Postal code shared with Fort Simpson
^B 2009 figure based on Edmonton = 100[5]

Jean Marie River (Slavey language: Tthek'éhdélį or Tthek'edeli[pronunciation?] "water flowing over clay") is a "Designated Authority"[6] in the Dehcho Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. The community is located on the Jean Marie River where it joins the Mackenzie River. The community has a small airport, Jean Marie River Airport, and is accessible by charter aircraft throughout the year and by the JMR Access Road 27 km (17 mi) from the Mackenzie Highway, this is an all season road.[7]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1996 53 —    
1997 53 +0.0%
1998 60 +13.2%
1999 69 +15.0%
2000 75 +8.7%
2001 74 −1.3%
2002 74 +0.0%
2003 73 −1.4%
2004 71 −2.7%
2005 79 +11.3%
2006 81 +2.5%
2007 80 −1.2%
2008 77 −3.7%
2009 73 −5.2%
2010 72 −1.4%
2011 71 −1.4%
2012 71 +0.0%
Sources: NWT Bureau of Statistics (2001 - 2012)[5]

As of the 2006 Census the population was 64, a deacrease of 21.0% from the 2006 Census,[1] the majority of which were First Nations. The main languages in the community are Dene Zhatie (South Slavey) and English.[8] In 2012 the Government of the Northwest Territories reported that the population was 71.[5]


Royal Canadian Mounted Police services are provided through Fort Simpson. There is neither a hospital nor a health centre but a health station, the "Jean Marie Health Cabin," located in Jean Marie River. There is currently no grocery store, but there are accommodations and a visitors centre. Education is provided through the Louie Norwegian School and provides education up to Grade 9.[9][10]

First Nations[edit]

The Dene of the community are represented by the Jean Marie River First Nation and belong to the Dehcho First Nations.[11][12]


Around Jean Marie River
Jean Marie River, Mackenzie River 
Jean Marie River, ceremonial house 
Houses in Jean Marie River 
Louie Norwegian School 


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