The Dogrib are an Athapaskan-speaking group of Dene* or Northern Athapaskan Indians who occupy an area of nearly 295,000 km2, located between Great Slave and Great Bear lakes in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

The Dogrib Nation is comprised of six regional groups:

(Follow the Shore People)

(Filth Lake People)

(Edge of the Woods People)

(People Next to Another People)

(Bear Lake People)

(Inconnu River People)

(Helm 1981)

representing a total population of nearly 3,000 people, and who reside principally in four communities: Rae Lakes, Wekweti (formerly Snare Lake), Wha Ti (formerly Lac La Martre), and Rae-Edzo. Some Dogrib families have migrated to the territorial capital, Yellowknife, to take jobs or to live with relations.

The Dogrib Nation has been negotiating a comprehensive land claim with the federal and territorial governments since 1992, and in 1999 they initialed an agreement-in-principle.

*The word "Dene," meaning "people," is used by the Athapaskan-speaking Aboriginal people of the Northwest Territories to represent their political unity. Dogrib is one of the Dene or Athapaskan languages in the NWT and is therefore part of the Dene Nation.

For more information, consult these resources:
Helm, June. "Subarctic." Vol. 6. Handbook of North American Indians. Washington : Smithsonian Institute Press, 1981.

Helm, June. The People of Denendeh: Ethnohistory of the Indians of Canada's Northwest Territories. Montreal: McGill-Queen's Press, 2000.

 

 

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada