About

Łutsel Kʼe ("place of the Łutsel", the cisco, a type of small fish), also spelt Łutsel Kʼe, is a "designated authority" in the North Slave Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. The community is located on the south shore near the eastern end of Great Slave Lake and until July 1992, it was known as Snowdrift, as the community lies near the mouth of the Snowdrift River.

Łutsel Kʼe is a First Nation community and the area was traditionally occupied by the Chipewyan Dene. In 1925 the Hudson's Bay Company opened a post followed by the Roman Catholic Church. A school opened in 1960. There is a proposal ongoing for Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve, with an area of 14,000 km2 (5,400 sq mi), which has the support of the community.

Population Census

Population is 303 according to the 2016 Census a decrease of 2.7% over the 2011 Census. In the 2016 Census the majority of the population, 270 people, were First Nations, 10 people were Métis and 10 were Inuit. The main languages in the community are Denesuline and English. In 2017 the Government of the Northwest Territories reported that the population was 330 with an average yearly growth rate of 0.0% from 2007.

Indigenous Language

In 2016, 115 people said they spoke an Indigenous languages as their mother tongue. Of these 105 spoke Dene (Chipewyan or Denesuline), 5 spoke Dogrib or Tłı̨chǫ and 5 spoke North Slavey or Hare. Another 5 people gave a Chinese language as their mother tongue. A total of 295 knew English and another 5 knew both English and French.