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Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories


Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories

Fort Good Hope
Charter Community
Fort Good Hope
Fort Good Hope

Coordinates: 66°15′31″N 128°37′43″W / 66.25861°N 128.62861°W / 66.25861; -128.62861Coordinates: 66°15′31″N 128°37′43″W / 66.25861°N 128.62861°W / 66.25861; -128.62861

Country Canada
Territory Northwest Territories
Region Sahtu Region
Constituency Sahtu
Census division Region 2
Charter Community 1 April 1995
 • Chief Wilfred McNeely Jr.
 • Senior Administrative Officer Greg Laboucan
 • MLA Norman Yakeleya
 • Land 52.82 km2 (20.39 sq mi)
Elevation 268 m (879 ft)
 • Total 557
 • Density 10.5/km2 (27/sq mi)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Canadian Postal code X0E 0H0
Area code(s) 867
Telephone exchange 598
- Living cost 162.5A
- Food price index 190.7B
Sources:Community Governance Data List,[1]
2006 Canada Census,[2]
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre,[3]
Fort Good Hope profile at the Legislative Assembly[4]
Canada Flight Supplement[5]
^A 2005 figure based on Edmonton = 100[6]
^B 2004 figure based on Yellowknife = 100[6]

Fort Good Hope (or the Charter Community of K'asho Got'ine[pronunciation?]) is a charter community in the Sahtu Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. It is located on a peninsula between Jackfish Creek and the east bank of the Mackenzie River, about 145 km (90 mi) northwest of Norman Wells. The two principal languages are North Slavey and English. Hunting and trapping are two major sources of income.


According to the 2006 Census the population is 557, of which 515 are First Nations.[2] In 2009 the Government of the Northwest Territories reported that the population was 567 with an average yearly growth rate of -1.6 from 1996.[6]


The only access is by Fort Good Hope Airport from Inuvik and Norman Wells and by shipping along the Mackenzie River in the summer. The NWT government is seeking federal funding to help extend the Mackenzie Highway from Wrigley to Tsiigehtchic, where it would connect with the Dempster Highway.

First Nations

Fort Good Hope is represented by the K’asho Go’tine Community Council and belong to the Sahtu Dene Council.[7] Through the council they are in negotiations with the Government of Canada for a land claims settlement.


Climate data for Fort Good Hope
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −26
Average low °C (°F) −34
Precipitation mm (inches) 18
Source: Weatherbase [8]


Fort Good Hope currently has three institutes providing some form of education. For pre-school, there is the Fort Good Hope Daycare. Elementary, junior high and senior high school students attend Chief T'Selehye School. Chief T'Selehye School is not a pre-university school. Attending the school will not provide academic courses required for admissions to most college/university programs in Canada. Getting an education at Chief T'Selehye School will prepare one for a career in the trades field. However, if one attends Aurora College Learning Centre, located in the town, in the developmental studies program one can upgrade their marks from high school or upgrade their academic courses that is required for Aurora College admission or college and university admission. Most students from town that graduate high school tend to explore the south to upgrade their academic courses for college/university admission, so they can get used to the different environment that can prospectively be their home for their post-secondary years. Education is a widely controversial issue in Fort Good Hope due to the lack of preparation for university education.


External links

  • Municipal Affairs and Community Administration profile
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