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Tulita, Northwest Territories


Coordinates: 64°54′01″N 125°34′39″W / 64.90028°N 125.57750°W / 64.90028; -125.57750Coordinates: 64°54′01″N 125°34′39″W / 64.90028°N 125.57750°W / 64.90028; -125.57750

Country Canada
Territory Northwest Territories
Region Sahtu Region
Constituency Sahtu
Census division Region 2
 • Mayor Danny Yakeleya
 • Senior Administrative Officer Brad Carlson
 • MLA Norman Yakeleya
 • Land 51.74 km2 (19.98 sq mi)
Elevation 101 m (331 ft)
 • Total 505
 • Density 9.8/km2 (25/sq mi)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Canadian Postal code X0E 0K0
Area code(s) 867
Telephone exchange 588
- Living cost 157.5A
- Food price index 190.4B
Sources:Community Governance Data List,[1]
2006 Canada Census,[2]
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre,[3]
Tulita 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]

Tulita,[pronunciation?] which in Dene language means "where the rivers or waters meet," is a hamlet in the Sahtu Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. It was formerly known as Fort Norman, until 1 January 1996. It is located at the junction of the Great Bear River and the Mackenzie River; the Bear originates at Great Bear Lake adjacent to Deline.

Tulita is in an area that is forested and well south of the tree line. Permafrost underlays the area, more or less continuous in distribution. Tulita is surrounded by mountains, the latter renowned for Dall's sheep, and faces the Mackenzie Mountains to the west, which has Mountain Goat.


The population as of the 2006 was 505 and is predominantly Sahtu Dene (75.2%) who speak English and North Slavey.[2][4] In 2009 the Government of the Northwest Territories reported that the population was 566 with an average yearly growth rate of 1.5 person from 1996.[6] The community also includes Métis and non-Aboriginal (both 9.9%) as well as 3.0% Inuit and 2.0% other Aboriginal.[7]

Transport and tourism

Tulita may be reached via air year-round, and is served by Tulita Airport; Norman Wells is the regional centre and the site of origin of the majority of flights in. A winter road links Tulita to Wrigley and thence the Mackenzie Highway, and is only open in mid- to late winter. Summer access is available by barge or by canoe, from Hay River along the Mackenzie River. The NWT government is seeking federal funding to extend the Mackenzie Highway from Wrigley through Tulita to Tsiigehtchic.

Amenities consist of a hotel, Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment, and a Nursing Station.

First Nations

Tulita is represented by the Begade Shotagotine First Nation and belong to the Sahtu Dene Council.[8] Through the council they are in negotiations with the Government of Canada for a land claims settlement. They are also part of the Dehcho First Nations listed as the Begaee Shuhagot'ine.[9]

Notable people


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