We the Tthets’ek’ehdeli Got’ie, are proud of our Dene traditions, language, and beliefs. We value and respect the land, water, and animals that have sustained us for many generations. We shall continue to use and respect our natural resources. Building on the knowledge and skills of our people, we shall work together to create a healthy, sustainable future for ourselves and our children. We shall strive to find a balance between the traditional and modern ways of life.
(Vision Statement, 2013)
Where we started…
Jean Marie River’s traditional name, “Tthets’ek’ehdeli”, means “water flowing over clay”. The Tthek’éhdél Dene of what is today Jean Marie River First Nation were primarily nomadic people who hunted moose and caribou, trapped for beaver and fished the rivers and lakes of the Great Slave Plain. Prehistoric flint artifacts have been found at the village site. You can learn more about our people, read about the history of the settlement, and discover our language and heritage as you continue to explore our site.
Where we’re at…
Today Jean Marie River First Nation combines traditional values with progressive initiatives to continue living in balance with our natural surroundings. In 2011, we completed an in-depth study on the impact of climate change on the health & wellness of the community. We have also created a summer aquatics program to employ youth in the community while monitoring the health of the river at the same time.
Where we’re going…
Jean Marie River is a place of history, beauty and wonder. It is a place where the community still values its traditional lifestyle and the vibrancy of the natural world that surrounds us. We continue to diversify our opportunities for economic and social development. We welcome both members and the visiting public alike to explore Jean Marie River. Learn about our culture, experience the untouched charm of the outdoors, and talk to our elders about lives spent hunting, trapping and fishing. Come home to Jean Marie.
Source: Interviews with members