Fort Providence

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Fort Providence
Zhahti Koe or Zhahti Kue
Hamlet
Fort Providence from the Mackenzie River
Fort Providence from the Mackenzie River
Fort Providence is located in Northwest Territories
Fort Providence
Fort Providence
Fort Providence is located in Canada
Fort Providence
Fort Providence
Coordinates: 61°21′17″N 117°39′36″W / 61.35472°N 117.66000°W / 61.35472; -117.66000Coordinates: 61°21′17″N 117°39′36″W / 61.35472°N 117.66000°W / 61.35472; -117.66000
Country Canada
Territory Northwest Territories
Region South Slave Region
Constituency Deh Cho
Census division Region 4
Hamlet 1 January 1987
Government
 • Mayor Sam Gargan
 • Senior Administrative Officer Susan Christie
 • MLA Michael McLeod
Area[1]
 • Land 255.05 km2 (98.48 sq mi)
Elevation 160 m (520 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 695
 • Density 2.7/km2 (7/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
Canadian Postal code X0E 0L0
Area code(s) 867
Telephone exchange 699
- Living cost 137.5A
- Food price index 134.7B
Sources:
Department of Municipal and Community Affairs,[2]
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre,[3]
Canada Flight Supplement[4]
^A 2013 figure based on Edmonton = 100[5]
^B 2015 figure based on Yellowknife = 100[5]

Fort Providence (Slavey language: Zhahti Koe or Zhahti Kue[pronunciation?] "mission house") is a hamlet in the South Slave Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. Located west of Great Slave Lake, it has all-weather road connections by way of the Yellowknife Highway (Great Slave Highway) branch off the Mackenzie Highway, and the Deh Cho Bridge opened November 30, 2012 near Fort Providence over the Mackenzie. The bridge replaces the ice bridge and ferry, enabling year-round crossing of the river.

Fort Providence is well known for hosting the annual Mackenzie Days celebrations in August each year.

Demographics[edit]

The recorded population was 695 in the 2016 Census, a decrease of 5.3% from 2011. Of these the majority, 620, were Indigenous people, made up of 590 First Nations, Dene people, and 30 Métis.[1] In 2017 the Government of the Northwest Territories reported that the population was 770 with an average yearly growth rate of 0.3% from 2007.[5]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1996774—    
1997828+7.0%
1998843+1.8%
1999842−0.1%
2000837−0.6%
2001819−2.2%
2002803−2.0%
2003824+2.6%
2004801−2.8%
2005799−0.2%
2006757−5.3%
YearPop.±%
2007744−1.7%
2008742−0.3%
2009752+1.3%
2010748−0.5%
2011771+3.1%
2012778+0.9%
2013789+1.4%
2014788−0.1%
2015798+1.3%
2016788−1.3%
2017770−2.3%
Sources: NWT Bureau of Statistics (2001 - 2017)[6]

First Nations[edit]

The Dene of the community are represented by the Deh Gah Gotie Dene Band[7] and the Métis by Fort Providence Métis Nation.[8] Both groups belong to the Dehcho First Nations.[9]

Gallery[edit]

Fort Providence from the river

Climate[edit]

Fort Providence has a continental subarctic climate typical of the Northwest Territories' populated areas. It is marked by a long cold winter season and short, warm summers, that in many ways are warmer than expected for an area so far north. Transition seasons are extremely short, with temperatures rising and falling quickly in respective seasons.

Climate data for Fort Providence, 1981–2010 normals, extremes 1943–present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 7.0
(44.6)
9.9
(49.8)
16.5
(61.7)
24.0
(75.2)
31.3
(88.3)
34.4
(93.9)
35.2
(95.4)
36.1
(97)
30.3
(86.5)
24.4
(75.9)
12.8
(55)
11.8
(53.2)
36.1
(97)
Average high °C (°F) −18.9
(−2)
−12.9
(8.8)
−6.2
(20.8)
5.8
(42.4)
12.8
(55)
20.9
(69.6)
23.5
(74.3)
20.4
(68.7)
13.4
(56.1)
3.2
(37.8)
−7.7
(18.1)
−15.1
(4.8)
3.3
(37.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) −23.4
(−10.1)
−18.7
(−1.7)
−13.6
(7.5)
−1.0
(30.2)
6.3
(43.3)
13.5
(56.3)
16.9
(62.4)
14.0
(57.2)
7.9
(46.2)
−0.8
(30.6)
−11.5
(11.3)
−19.2
(−2.6)
−2.5
(27.5)
Average low °C (°F) −27.8
(−18)
−24.3
(−11.7)
−20.9
(−5.6)
−7.7
(18.1)
−0.3
(31.5)
6.0
(42.8)
10.1
(50.2)
7.6
(45.7)
2.4
(36.3)
−4.8
(23.4)
−15.2
(4.6)
−23.1
(−9.6)
−8.2
(17.2)
Record low °C (°F) −49.4
(−56.9)
−50.0
(−58)
−45.0
(−49)
−41.1
(−42)
−22.2
(−8)
−5.6
(21.9)
−2.0
(28.4)
−2.8
(27)
−14.4
(6.1)
−27.3
(−17.1)
−44.4
(−47.9)
−49.4
(−56.9)
−50.0
(−58)
Average relative humidity (%) (at 1500 LST) 74.9 67.6 53.1 44.4 41.8 41.7 47.1 51.4 57.6 71.3 84.0 80.2 59.6
Source: Environment Canada[10][11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Census Profile, 2016 Census Fort Providence, Hamlet (Census subdivision), Northwest Territories and Northwest Territories (Territory)
  2. ^ "NWT Communities - Fort Providence". Government of the Northwest Territories: Department of Municipal and Community Affairs. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Northwest Territories Official Community Names and Pronunciation Guide". Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. Yellowknife: Education, Culture and Employment, Government of the Northwest Territories. Archived from the original on 2016-01-13. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  4. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 19 July 2018 to 0901Z 13 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Fort Providence - Statistical Profile (2001-2012)" (PDF). NWT Bureau of Statistics. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2018-08-29.
  6. ^ Population Estimates By Community from the GNWT
  7. ^ Deh Gah Gotie Dene Band
  8. ^ Fort Providence Métis
  9. ^ Dehcho First Nations
  10. ^ "Fort Providence" (CSV (3069 KB)). Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010. Environment Canada. Climate ID: 2201799. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  11. ^ "Fort Providence". Canadian Climate Data. Environment Canada. Retrieved 9 August 2016.

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