Jean Marie River

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
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 Gladys Norwegian
 • 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 all-season JMR Access Road 27 kilometres (17 mi) from the Mackenzie Highway.[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 decrease 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[9] and provides education up to Grade 10.[10][11]

First Nations[edit]

The Dene of the community are represented by the Jean Marie River First Nation and belong to the Dehcho First Nations.[12][13]


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


External links[edit]