Land of the People
Also known as the Athapaskan peoples, the Dene Nation is a political organization in Denendeh, meaning “The Land of the People”, located in Northwest Territories, Canada. The Dene Nation covers a large geographical area — from present day Alaska to the southern-most tip of North America.
Our objective is to support the Dene Territories and Dene Communities in upholding the rights and interests of the Dene, including rights and interests arising from Dene use and occupation of lands (hereinafter referred to as “Denendeh”) and Dene rights and interests arising from Treaties.
The Dene Nation has existed for over 30,000 years, with one language and many dialects: Gwich’in; Sahtu; Deh Cho; Tlicho; and, Akaitcho. The Dene have always been sustained by the land.
The Dene Nation’s leadership team is composed of Chiefs and representatives from across the Denendeh; including Gwich’in; Sahtu; Deh Cho; Tlicho; Akaitcho and Independent Members.
The Dene Nation had multiple demands to help promote education and advocacy in areas important to the Denendeh. We have Administration, Health, Environment and a Resource Centre for all members