Hay River Reserve
Katlodeeche First Nation
Hay River, NT
Tel: (867) 874-6701
Fax: (867) 874-3229
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The KFN is the key governing body of the Reserve, which is (52
sq miles) of land, it is on the South shore of the Great Slave Lake.
The Reserve was established in 1974, the negotiations was done when
Daniel Sonfrere was the chief. The Reserve is a vibrant and prosperous
community with a Band Membership of 525 and on Reserve population
of 270. Most of the residents are South Slavey Dene, who have occupied
these lands for thousands of years. The Region is rich in Wildlife
and Natural beauty. But, long before settlement of the (Anglican
Mission, Church, Mission School, Roman Catholic, Trading Post and
RCMP), the South Slavey Dene used the mouth of the river site for
fish camp, taking advantage of the plenty fish runs, during fish
seasons. People would camp out on the shores of Buffalo Lake, and
are still using the traditional hunting land, Dene life heeded the
rhythms of the land. They lived in harmony with the land and made
good use of its needed resources.
Today, the KFN Reserve is a thriving community, by healing many
wounds and by building a viable economic base for itself and for
the future of their children.
The Reserve residents elect a Chief and four Councilors every two
years (Election on Treaty Day), which govern their community with
a vision and mission for their people. The KFN Organization is administered
by the Band Administrator, who oversees the programs, services and
the personnel, with the direction of the Band Council to bring positive
Since its inception, the KFN has been very successful in
building an economic base, that ensures a brighter future for the
Reserve. Ranging from retail in the form of Ehdah Cho Store (gas,
cigarettes and groceries), Evergreen Forestry, Tu Cho Gha Contracting
and Office leasing.
The Dene Cultural Institute, Natsjee Keh Treatment Centre
and Renewable Resources building are located on the Reserve.
The Kamba Carnival Committee organizes the annual winter
activities, first weekend in March, the Reserve comes to life as
people gather to celebrate spring and to compete in outdoor/indoor
events, dog races and talent shows for all ages.