Deline Renewable Resource Council

Deline residents are largely Dene or Métis who speak the North Slavey language and English. Sahtú Dene families are often related to Hare, Gwich’in and Mountain Dene peoples. The people of Great Bear Lake had to be hardy and resourceful to survive in the past. Within living memory, they lived a nomadic life, following fish and game with the seasons. Many still supplement their diets by hunting, fishing and trapping at least part of the time. Homes often feature a traditional lodge or tipi used to smoke meat and fish. In contrast, many of these same homes today are equipped with satellite dishes to pull in North American television.