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Akaitcho Today

About Lutsel K'e,
Northwest Territories, Canada

Akaitcho Treaty 8 Tribal Corporation

Lutselk'e (pronounced "Loot-sel-kay") also spelled Lutsel K'e ("place of the Lutsel", a type of small fish), is a "designated authority" in the South 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.

Population is 318 according to the 2006 Census, the majority of which are First Nations. The main languages in the community are Chipewyan and English.

There is a two person Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment and health centre with a single nurse 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 goes up to Grade 10 and there is also a community learning centre run by Aurora College.

Although not accessible by road there is a small airport with scheduled services from Yellowknife. 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.
There are four First Nations within the Akaitcho Territory. They are:
Dettah (Yellowknives Dene First Nation)
Ndilo (Yellowknives Dene First Nation)
Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation
Deninu Kue First Nation
There is also a National Park located inside the Akaitcho Territory:
Thaydene Nene National Park
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