The Great Slave Lake
The name ‘Great Slave’ came from the Slavey Indians, one of the Athapaskan tribes living on its southern shores at that time.
- Drainage Area: Tenth largest lake in the world, 469 km long, 203 km wide, area” 27,200 km2 Catchment area: 971,000 km2.
- Human Population: Łutselk’e = 350 people. Yellowknife, Hay River, Behchokǫ̀, Fort Resolution, Łutselk’e, Hay River Reserve, Dettah, Ndilǫ = ~ 26472.
- Jurisdictions: Northwest Territories. Slavey, Dene, Cree, Dettah, Łutselk’e, and Fort Resolution.
- Ecology: Boreal Forest and Tundra. Canadian Shield. Arctic ecology. Trout is likely the most important fish. Fisheries, land mammals, birds.
- Strained commercial fish stocks (some recovered).
- Pollution from Mining (arsenic tailings spills).
- W.A.C. Bennett Dam.
- Climate Change.
Community Research Projects
- Graduate Student: Sydney Stenekes – Dehcho Region (Great Slave Lake): Culturally Driven Freshwater and Fish Monitoring: Opportunities for Social Learning in the Dehcho Region. (2019).
- “Guiding Water Protection Through Traditional Knowledge” – Akaitcho Territorial Government.
- Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation Tracking Change in the Great Slave Basin Project
- “Retracing Our Routes” – 8 Day canoe trip – Lauren King.
- Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation Tracking Change in the Great Slave Basin Project – Ray Griffith.
- Past Knowledge for Future Protection – Annie Boucher.
FMkFN—Fort McKay First Nation (1994) There is Still Survival out There: A Traditional Land use and Occupancy Study of the Fort Mckay First Nation. Calgary: Arctic Institute of North America
FMkFN-IRC – Fort McKay First Nation – Industry Relations Committee (2008a), Fort McKay First Nation. Traditional Knowledge Report. Parsons Lake Resources Park. Environmental Assessment Report. Calgary: FMA Heritage Resources Consultants Inc.
Quinn, F. (1991). As long as the rivers run: The impacts of corporate water development on Native communities in Canada. Canadian Journal of Native Studies