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:
the Shore People)
of the Woods People)
Next to Another People)
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
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.