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State Of Emergency Declared

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Dene Tha’ First Nation Chief and Council has declared a State of Local Emergency and Evacuation for the Bushe River IR#207, in effect now.

Bushe River residents are to take highway 58 and then highway 88, then on to Edmonton, must preregister at the 4 Chiefs Complex in Bushe River and then you will be given instructions as to which hotel you will be registered at in Edmonton.

A bus has been arranged and is at the 4 Chiefs Complex now for people that require transportation, fuel is available at the Bushe Store, Loon Lake Gas Bar and the Sawridge Truck stop in Slave Lake, you will be expected to provide either a Dene Tha’ Natural Gas Bill or Direct Energy Power Bill to prove residency in order to receive the gas.

A State of Local Emergency was declared for the Bushe River IR#207 on Monday June 17, 2019, and until another order for the communities of either Chateh#IR209, or Meander River IR#212, have been declared by the Chief and Council of the Dene Tha’ First Nation, any member arriving from Chateh IR#209 and Meander River IR#212, are considered to be on their own for meals and accommodations, as at the moment, these communities are under No immediate threat from a wildfire.  This would apply to any residents that live in the Town of High Level.

If you require further information on the One Time Payment that was issued by the Alberta Government last month to evacuees of the Chuckegg Creek Fire 2019, please feel free to contact them, as we do not have any information to provide on those funds.

Thank you for your patience, it is always with the utmost care and consideration of the safety of Dene Tha’ Members that decisions are made. 

This information will be shared on the Dene Tha’ First Nation website and Facebook page for members information.

Declaration (PDF)

Welcome Home!

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Welcome home members of Dene Tha First Nation!  Please find below your respective community for some information regarding your return home.  The DTFN administration will need some time to sort out everything that was left behind during the evacuation, we will be working hard to get back to normal operation in the coming weeks, thank you for your continued support and patience.


Meander River

Bushe River

Chateh Hockey Jersey Contest and Rink Naming Contest

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This contest to design a hockey jersey for the Dene Tha’ First Nation and to name the rink behind the detachment.  Jordan’s Principle Grant funds and private denotations were secured to build a rink behind the detachment. It is a concrete slab with rink boards. In the spring there are basketballs nets that can be added. It can be used year round by the youth for ball hockey, ice hockey, skating, dodge ball, basketball, etc.

The ice will be ready for kids skating by Monday December 3rd. The rink is well lit and can be used in the evenings as well.

Chateh Community Naming Contest

Chateh Jersey Design Contest Design Form Blank

Annual Operating Plan for Tolko Industries Ltd.

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Annual Operating Plan for Tolko Industries Ltd. (High Level Lumber Division), Norbord Inc., La Crete Sawmills Ltd., NDEH Limited Partnership, and Netaskinan Development Ltd. made availble.  If anyone wants further information regarding the Annual Operating Plan they can be directed to Trevor Lafreniere, Tolko Planning Superintendent, at (780) 805-3851 or myself (Paul Hewitt, Tolko Operations Forester – Planning at (780) 926-8992  More information is also available at .  If you require any more information please feel free to contact me.


Treaty 8 Agricultural Benefits Claim update 2019

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Dear DTFN citizens,

The truth about the state of DTFN’s agricultural benefits (cows & plows) claims as of March 19, 2019:
I’m forwarding copies of the last update for your information, see attachments.  These copies were sent out to Dene Tha’ members for sharing with as many members it may reach via emails and social media (i.e. DTFN FB) … sent out on Oct 17, 2018.  No new information came in from the Government of Canada as of today.
Recall that as of November 2017, the federal government informed DTFN by letter that claims settlement negotiations for the Agricultural Benefits (cows & plows) with DTFN was approximately 3 to 3.5 years away from the time of meeting the basic requirements. This means that the negotiations between the Specific Claims Commission and DTFN was estimated and may start sometime, on or about, Nov 2020 to May 2021.  Therefore, the question we all need to ask ourselves is – how much time will it take from the start of negotiations to arriving at a settlement?  In this case, my guess is as good as anyone’s guess.  I’m sorry that this is not what you want to hear however the reality is that the control is on the Government of Canada’s side as they management the specific claims process in accordance to the Specific Claims legislation.  IMPORTANT – For further information please click on the following link here: If you’d like share this with other fellow DTFN citizens, please feel free to do so.
Please do not listen to misinformed rumours that are popping up now and then.  Any new information we may receive from the Federal Government about the our Ag. Benefits claims process will be shared with DTFN citizens.
Hope this helps.


James Ahnassay
Chief, Dene Tha’ First Nation

Letter of update to members on Agricultural Benefits – CLAIMS April 5, 2018
Letter – DTFN to Minister Carolyn Bennett re Agricultural Benefits Claim – September 10, 2018
Letter of update to members on Agricultural Benefits – CLAIMS October 17, 2018