Welcome to

First Nation

The area around Hay River has long been a gathering place for the South Slavey. The abundant fish stocks of Great Slave Lake around the mouth of the Hay River called the Dene back every summer. In the winter, the families that had gathered on the east banks of the Hay could be found on the shores of Buffalo Lake, south of the present-day reserve. Here, the winter hunting and trapping was quite good.

About K’atlo’deeche

A Thriving Community

Today the Katlodeeche First Nation Reserve is a thriving community. Since the 70’s, it has healed many wounds and built a viable economic base for itself and for its children. Development continues on many fronts, and the Dene continue to find answers to today’s problems that are both innovative and consistent with their traditions.

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The Reserve is a vibrant and prosperous community with a Band Membership of 600 and on Reserve population of 300.
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Culture & History

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.


A Comprehensive Community Plan (CPP) looks at where we have been, where we are now, where we would like to be in the future.
Our People

Who Are The Dene?

The Dene people are the original habitants of the area of land stretching east to west from the Hudson Bay to the interior of Alaska, and south to north from central Alberta to the Arctic Ocean.

Latest News & Events

We Matter Campaign

A group of Grade 6-11 students from Chief Sunrise Education Centre of the K’atl’odeeche First Nation share a special message.

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Get Involved

The key to Community Planning is involving as many community members in the discussion as possible. Every KFN member should see their voice reflected in the Community Plan and have a clear idea of what the community is trying to achieve.