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The Dene are a group of First Nations that live in the Arctic regions of Canada. The Dene speak Athabaskan languages of the Na-Dené language family, and were the first people to settle in what is now the Northwest Territories. Carved mask in Vancouver First Nations is a term for ethnicity used in Canada to replace the word Indian. It refers to the Indigenous peoples of North America located in what is now Canada, and their descendants, who are not Inuit or Métis. ... Athabaskan or Athabascan (also Athapascan or Athapaskan) is the name of a large group of distantly related Native American peoples, also known as the Athabasca Indians or Athapaskes, and of their language family. ... Pre-contact distribution of Na-Dené languages (in red) Na-Dené (also Na-Dene, Nadene, Athabaskan-Eyak-Tlingit) is a Native American language family which includes the Athabaskan languages, Eyak, and Tlingit. ... Motto: None Official languages Dene Suline, Cree, Dogrib, English, French, Gwichin, Inuktitut, Slavey Capital Yellowknife Largest city Yellowknife Commissioner Tony Whitford Premier Joe Handley (Consensus government - no party affiliations) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 1 1 Area Total  â€¢ Land  â€¢ Water    (% of total)  Ranked 3rd 1,346,106 km...

The Dene include five main groups:

  • Chipewyan (Denesuline), living east of Great Slave Lake;
  • Tli Cho (Dogrib), living between Great Slave and Great Bear Lakes;
  • Yellowknives (T'atsaot'ine), formerly living north of Great Slave Lake, and now absorbed into the Chipewyan;
  • Slavey (Deh Gah Got'ine), living along the Mackenzie River (Deh Cho) southwest of Great Slave Lake;
  • Sahtu (Sahtu' T'ine), including the Locheux, Nahanni, and Bear Lake peoples, in the southwestern NWT.

Well-known Dene include Ethel Blondin-Andrew, MP for Western Arctic (the federal riding that comprises the Northwest Territories). The Canadian television series North of 60 took place among a Dene community. The Chipewyan are an aboriginal people in Canada. ... ... The Tli Cho (Tłįchǫ) First Nation, formerly known as the Dogrib, are an Aboriginal Canadian people living in the Northwest Territories (NWT). ... Great Bear Lake, NWT, Canada Great Bear Lake (Sahtu) is the largest lake in the Northwest Territories of Canada and the fourth largest in North America. ... The Yellowknives, Yellow Knives, Copper Indians, Red Knives or Tatsaotine are one of the five main groups of the Dene First Nation that live in the Northwest Territories of Canada. ... The Slavey (comprised of two groups, North and South Slavey) are a native American group indigenous to the Great Slave Lake region, in Canadas Northwest Territories. ... Approximate extent of the Mackenzie River watershed The Mackenzie River (French: fleuve Mackenzie) originates in Great Slave Lake, in the Northwest Territories, and flows north into the Arctic Ocean. ... The Sahtu are a Dene people living in the vicinity of Great Bear Lake (Sahtu, the source of their name), Northwest Territories, Canada. ... The Honourable Ethel Dorothy Blondin-Andrew, PC, MP (born March 25, 1951, in Tulita, Northwest Territories) is a former Canadian politician. ... Western Arctic is a federal electoral district and senate division in Northwest Territories, Canada, that has been represented in the Canadian House of Commons since 1979. ... North of 60 was a mid-1990s Canadian television series depicting life in the sub-Arctic northern boreal forest (north of 60 degrees North latitude, hence the title). ...

Behchoko, Northwest Territories is the largest Dene community in Canada. Behchoko, Northwest Territories, (Tli Cho) formerly Rae-Edzo was established 1 December 2005 and merged the communities of Rae (after John Rae) and Edzo, which are four miles apart by air and eleven miles apart driving distance. ...

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Na-Dené languages - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (410 words)
Navajo is the most widely spoken language of the Na-Dené family, spoken in Arizona, New Mexico, and other regions of the American Southwest.
Dene or Dine is a widely distributed group of Native languages and peoples spoken in Canada, Alaska, and parts of Oregon and northern California.
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