Tsiigehtchic

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Tsiigehtchic
Tsiigehtshik
Charter Community
Tsiigehtchic from the Dempster Highway, looking towards Inuvik
Tsiigehtchic from the Dempster Highway, looking towards Inuvik
Tsiigehtchic is located in Northwest Territories
Tsiigehtchic
Tsiigehtchic
Coordinates: 67°26′26″N 133°44′43″W / 67.44056°N 133.74528°W / 67.44056; -133.74528Coordinates: 67°26′26″N 133°44′43″W / 67.44056°N 133.74528°W / 67.44056; -133.74528
Country Canada
Territory Northwest Territories
Region Inuvik Region
Constituency Mackenzie Delta
Census division Region 1
Mission 1868
Charter Community 21 June 1993
Government
 • Chief Phillip Blake
 • Senior Administrative Officer Marjorie Dobson
 • MLA David Krutko
Area[1]
 • Land 48.98 km2 (18.91 sq mi)
Elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 143
 • Density 2.9/km2 (8/sq mi)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Canadian Postal code X0E 0B0
Area code(s) 867
Telephone exchange 953
- Living cost 162.5A
- Food price index 155.7B
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]

Tsiigehtchic (tsee-get-chick) ("mouth of the iron river") (officially the Charter Community of Tsiigehtchic[2]) is a Gwich’in community located at the confluence of the Mackenzie and the Arctic Red River, in the Inuvik Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. The community was formerly known as Arctic Red River, until 1 April 1994.

Demographics[edit]

Population is 143 according to the 2011 Census, a decrease of 18.3% over the 2006 Census.[1] In 2012 the Government of the Northwest Territories reported that the population was 128 with an average yearly growth rate of -4.0% from 2001.[5]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1996 168 —    
1997 169 +0.6%
1998 165 −2.4%
1999 188 +13.9%
2000 192 +2.1%
2001 198 +3.1%
2002 212 +7.1%
2003 209 −1.4%
2004 202 −3.3%
Year Pop.   ±%  
2005 189 −6.4%
2006 181 −4.2%
2007 176 −2.8%
2008 156 −11.4%
2009 142 −9.0%
2010 139 −2.1%
2011 131 −5.8%
2012 128 −2.3%
Sources: NWT Bureau of Statistics (2001 - 2012)[5]

Transportation[edit]

The Dempster Highway, NWT Highway 8, crosses the Mackenzie River at Tsiigehtchic.[6] During winter, vehicle traffic is over the ice, during the rest of the year, traffic is carried by the ferry MV Louis Cardinal.

The ferry stops at Tsiigehtchic, on the eastern bank of the Arctic Red River, and on the southwestern and northeastern banks of the Mackenzie River, connecting the two legs of the Dempster Highway. The community is one of the few in the NWT not to be served by a permanent airport.

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Heine, Michael K. Gwichya Gwich'in Googwandak: The History and Stories of the Gwichya Gwich'i ; As Told by the Elders of Tsiigehtchic. Tsiigehtchic, N.W.T.: Gwich'in Social and Cultural Institute, 2001. ISBN 1-896337-05-8

External links[edit]

  • Tsiigehtchic at the Gwich'in Social and Cultural Institute