Wekweètì

Welcome to the community of Wekweètì, Northwest Territories, Canada. Set on rolling rock above the Snare River. Formally known as Snare Lake, the name was officially changed under the Tłı̨chǫ agreement to Wekweètì in 2005.

Wekweètì was founded in the 1960s when Tłı̨chǫ elder and former chief Alexis Arrowmaker brought several families from Behchokǫ̀ who wanted a more traditional lifestyle. Now accessible by scheduled flights to Yellowknife or by an ice road highway, built across the tundra and frozen lakes from January through March.

Wekweètì is the closest community to the region’s main power supply - hydro dams and powerhouses on the Snare River. The newest of these is owned by Dogrib Power Corporation, a Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation business.

There’s a small hotel, and the development corporation offers outfitting services. There’s good fishing nearby and good hiking near the northern edge of the treeline, close to the Barrenlands. The 200,000 strong Bathurst caribou herd passes through this area on its way north in spring and south in fall.

 There’s also an historic site nearby, dating from the search for the Northwest Passage. Explorer Sir John Franklin wintered here, almost 200 years ago, on his return from a disastrous trip overland to the Arctic Coast.

Alcohol is prohibited here by community plebiscite.

Population (2007)
143
Primary Language (2004)
94% speak Tłı̨chǫ
Traditional Activities (2003)
64.2% Hunting & Fishing
19.3% Trapping
63.9% Consuming Country Foods

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Businesses

Hyway3 Transport

Express Freight Services: Edmonton - Yellowknife - Behchoko at reliable affordable rates and excellent service. 

Operated by Northern Exposure, Behchoko, NT.  For more information contact Office at 867 392 6347 or visit website: www.hyway3transport.com/

Wekweetì Development Corporation (WDC)

The WDC, Hozila Naedik'e General Store, Dechi Laoti First Nation Holding (DLFN Holdings) and 5352 NWT Ltd are companies 100% owned by the Tłįchǫ Investment Corporation. Services to our community members include fuel delivery, gas station, general store and taxi service, post office, rental properties and Wekweetì Hotel.

Contact Information:
Manager Carol Arrowmaker
PO Box 35, Wekweetì, NT, X0E 1W0
Tel: (867) 713-2814 or 2001
Fax: (867) 713-2045

Hozila Naedik'e General Store

The local store in town, providing groceries, camping supplies, gifts, and lumber materials and money transactions. 

Contact Information:
Tracy Rabesca, Manager 
PO Box 35, Wekweetì, NT, X0E 1W0
Tel: (867) 713-2205
Fax: (867) 713-2060

Wekweeti Hotel / Snare Lake Lodge

Our Lodge can accommodate up to 10 people in comfort and style. Situated above the shores of Snare Lake, the lodge has a fully-equipped kitchen and a dining room with a beautiful view of the Lake facing towards the airport with a beach which is excellent for fishing during the summer and surrounding woodlands. The rate of $250/night includes all meals GST not included.

Contact Information:
Emily Arrowmaker & Carol Arrowmaker
PO Box 35, Wekweetì, NT, X0E 1W0
Tel: (867) 713-2700 or (867) 713-2814
Fax: (867) 713-2045

Community Government

Community Government

Contact Information for Community Government Wekweètì

Senior Administrative Officer: (saowekweti[at]netkaster[dot]ca)

The Behchokǫ̀, Gamètì, Wekweètì and Whatì Community Governments were established on August 4th, 2005 as a result of the signing of the Tłı̨chǫ Agreement. It is an independent public government with powers and responsibilities similar to the municipal government of other NWT communities.

Tłı̨chǫ Community Government Act established the community government of Behchokǫ̀, Whatì, Gamètì, and Wekweètì, and describes their boundaries. This Act covers the composition and role of the community council, eligibility to vote, the duties of the chief, and it details the powers of these municipalities. A copy of the Act is available online from theGovernment of the Northwest Territories, or click here for the PDF copy.

The Tłı̨chǫ Community Government of Wekweètì is a municipal corporation with responsibilities for community planning, public works and community improvements, public utilities such as water quality, water delivery and sewage services as well as emergency response planning and fire protection, recreation and other services such as bylaw enforcement.

The Community Government administers all lands within Wekweètì, and regulates land use and development through its Community Plan, Zoning By-law, leasing, and Development Permit processes.

A Community Government Council consists of 4 members and lead by a Chief elected by Tłı̨chǫ citizens. Elections are every four years.

2013-2017

Chief: 
Johnny Arrowmaker

Council:

  • Gordon Judas
  • Joseph Judas
  • Robin Laboline
  • Patrick Tom

2013-2009

Chief:
Charlie Football

Council:

  • Joseph Dryneck
  • Adeline Football
  • Nick Lamouelle
  • Patricia Magrum

2009-2005

Chief:
Charlie Football

Council:

  • Joseph Dryneck
  • Casey Eyakfwo 
  • William Quitte
  • Travis Washie 

 

TŁĮCHǪ Community Services Agency

Programs and Services

The Tłįchǫ Community Services Agency has been established to deliver programs and services from both the Government of the NWT and the Tłįchǫ Government. At this time the Agency primarily programs and services from the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Chief Monfwi Hand Games Chief Bruneau
Social Worker at Youth Conference Computer lab at CJBS Health Centre Staff

Program transfer to the Tłįchǫ Community Services Agency include:

  • Child and Family Services: Family support and child protection which includes child welfare, early intervention, foster homes, adoption, investigations, apprehensions and court work.
  • Education: early childhood programming including daycares, preschools and staff training; Inclusive schooling programs and services for school age children which includes assessment, intervention and support; kindergarten to grade 12 programming; homeboarding accommodation for high school students from Wekweètì and Gamètì.
  • Health and Wellness: Primary Health Care, Community Health and Wellness programs, Home Support and Continuing Care programs, Dental Therapy, Ambulance and Emergency Services in Behchokǫ̀, Mental Health and Addiction services.

The Tłįchǫ Government has also funded the Agency for other program initiatives identified as Tłįchǫ priorities. These include a post secondary scholarship program, a variety of short term cultural projects, early childhood programs, and some community health and social programs that are a result of federal government initiatives targeted for aboriginal communities.

Alexis Arrowmaker School 

P.O. Box 70 Wekweètì, NT X0E 1W0 
Telephone: (867) 713-2100 
Facsimile: (867) 713-2200 

Education

P.O. Box 70 Wekweètì, NT X0E 1W0 
Telephone: (867) 713-2100 
Facsimile: (867) 713-2200 

TŁĮCHǪ Government

Tłı̨chǫ Government

On August 4th, 2005, the Tłı̨chǫ Agreement came into effect and with it, the Tłı̨chǫ Government was established. 

The headquarters of the Tłı̨chǫ Government is located in Behchokǫ̀. There are Community Presence Offices in each community (Behchokǫ̀, Whatì Gamètì, and Wekweètì) representing the Tłı̨chǫ Government.  

Visit the Government section of the website to learn more about the programs and services provided by the Tłįchǫ Government. 

Please email info[at]tlicho[dot]com for more information.