rivers in the northwestern part of the NWT. Formerly Arctic Red River, it took its original Gwich'in name, which means "mouth of the iron river," in 1994. This tiny community is on a site that was probably a seasonal fishing camp for Gwich'in many centuries before European contact. The community remained isolated until the late 1970s, when construction of the DEMPSTER HWY
gave its residents seasonal access to larger centres. It is the site of the Dempster Highway ferry across the Mackenzie River. Trapping, hunting and fishing are the occupations of most of its residents.
Links to Other Sites
Gwich'in Tribal Council
Local news and information about the Gwich'in communities in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Also photographs of the rugged landscape and glimpses of daily life in the region. Check out the Gwich'in Social and Cultural Institute.
A brief history of the Gwich'in, the northernmost Athapaskan-speaking group. From the website for the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Tsiigehtchic, NWT, incorporated as a charter community in 1993, population 143 (2011c), 175 (2006c). The Charter Community of Tsiigehtchic is situated at the confluence of the Arctic Red and