Tłįchǫ (Dogrib)

The name Dogrib was changed to Tłįchǫ with the amendments to the Official Languages Act in 2003. The Tłįchǫ language has the largest number of speakers of any of the Aboriginal language communities in the NWT. It is estimated that 2,617 people in the Northwest Territories can converse in the language. This represents about 36 percent of the total NWT residents who can converse in an Aboriginal language. The language is primarily spoken in the Tłįchǫ Settlement Area, within the North Slave Region. Specifically, the language is spoken in the communities of Behchoko, Whati, Gameti and Wekweeti.  There are also Tłįchǫ speakers living in Dettah and Ndilo.



Language Coordinator, Tłįchǫ Government

P.O. Box 412


Phone: (867) 392-6381

Fax: (867) 392-6389 

Last modified: 2013-03-06

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