From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Łutsel K'e
First Nation - Designated Authority of Łutselk'e
Lutselke on Great Slave Lake
Lutselke on Great Slave Lake
Łutselk'e is located in Northwest Territories
Coordinates: 62°24′19″N 110°44′19″W / 62.40528°N 110.73861°W / 62.40528; -110.73861Coordinates: 62°24′19″N 110°44′19″W / 62.40528°N 110.73861°W / 62.40528; -110.73861
Country Canada
Territory Northwest Territories
Region North Slave
Territorial electoral district Tu Nedhe
Census division Region 5
 • Chief Felix Lockhart
 • Senior Administrative Officer Greg Morash
 • MLA Tom Beaulieu
 • Land 43.18 km2 (16.67 sq mi)
Elevation 168 m (551 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 295
 • Density 6.8/km2 (18/sq mi)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Canadian Postal code X
Area code(s) 867
Telephone exchange 370
- Living cost 162.5A
- Food price index 167.5B
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 2012 figure based on Yellowknife = 100[5]

Łutselk'e[pronunciation?] ("place of the Łutsel", a type of small fish), also spelt Łutsel K'e, is a "designated authority"[6] in the North Slave Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. The community is located on the south shore near the eastern end of Great Slave Lake and until 1 July 1992, it was known as Snowdrift, as the community lies near the mouth of the Snowdrift River.[7]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1996 326 —    
1997 327 +0.3%
1998 335 +2.4%
1999 352 +5.1%
2000 355 +0.9%
2001 358 +0.8%
2002 391 +9.2%
2003 392 +0.3%
Year Pop. ±%
2004 378 −3.6%
2005 352 −6.9%
2006 334 −5.1%
2007 326 −2.4%
2008 322 −1.2%
2009 313 −2.8%
2010 312 −0.3%
2011 310 −0.6%
Sources: NWT Bureau of Statistics (2001 - 2011)[5]

Population is 295 according to the 2011 Census a decrease of 7.2% over the 2006 Census.[1] In the 2006 Census the majority of the population, 285 people, were North American Indian and 10 people were Métis.[8] The main languages in the community are Denesuline and English. In 2011 the Government of the Northwest Territories reported that the population was 310 with an average yearly growth rate of -1.4% from 2001


There is a two-person Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment and health centre with two nurses in the community. There is a single grocery store, the Lutselk'e Co-op, a post office and nine lodges or outfitters in the area. Education in the community is provided by the Lutsel K'e Dene School, which offers a comprehensive K-11 program. Additionally, there is also a community learning centre run by Aurora College.[9][10]

Although not accessible by road there is an airport, Lutselk'e Airport, with scheduled services from Yellowknife and an annual sealift is provided by Northern Transportation Company Limited from Hay River in the summer. Lutselk'e Water Aerodrome is available in the summer months when the lake is clear of ice.

First Nations[edit]

Łutsel K'e is represented by the Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation and are part of the Akaitcho Territory Government.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Lutselk'e, Northwest Territories (Census subdivision)
  2. ^ "NWT Communities - Lutselk'e". Government of the Northwest Territories: Department of Municipal and Community Affairs. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  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 27 April 2017 to 0901Z 22 June 2017
  5. ^ a b c Łutselk'e - Statistical Profile at the GNWT
  6. ^ Differences in Community Government Structure
  7. ^ "Snowdrift River". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  8. ^ 2006 Aboriginal Population Profile
  9. ^ Infrastructure
  10. ^ Northwestel
  11. ^ Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Further reading[edit]

  • Barnes, F.Q. Snowdrift Map-Area, District of Mackenzie, Northwest Territories (Preliminary Report). Geological Survey of Canada paper, 51-6. Ottawa, Ont: GSC, 1951.
  • Bielawski, E. The Desecration of Nánúlá Kúé Impact of Taltson Hydroelectric Development on Dene Sonline. [s.l.]: Łutsel K'E Dene First Nation, 1993.
  • Canada, and M. M. Dillom Limited. Final Report Environmental Assessment Studies, Northern Canada Power Commission Facilities at Snowdrift, Repulse Bay and Grise Fiord, Northwest Territories. Edmonton, Alta: Environment Canada, 1978.
  • Chambers, Cynthia Maude. Damaged and Needing Help Violence and Abuse in Aboriginal Families in Yellowknife and Lutsel K'e. [S.l.]: Lutra Associates, 1993.
  • 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.
  • Parlee, Brenda, Evelyn Marlowe, Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation. Traditional Knowledge on Community Health Community-Based Monitoring. Yellowknife: West Kitikmeot/Slave Study Society, 1998.
  • Shinpo, Mitsuru, and Cyntha Struthers. A Preliminary Report Prepared for the Snowdrift Indian Band. Waterloo, Ont: St. Jerome's College, University of Waterloo, 1990.
  • Weitzner, Viviane. Dealing Full Force Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation's Experience Negotiating with Mining Companies. Ottawa, Ont: North-South Institute, 2006.

External links[edit]