day reserves in Saskatchewan
are seven reserves in Saskatchewan, as the Northwest territories
accommodates 70% of the Dene Nation. The seven reserves
are to the north of Lake Athabasca what ethnographers
call the boreal forest. there lie three Denes¶øüné
communities, to the far north 60 kilometres south of the
Northwest Territories toward the north side of Alberta
is the community of Fond Du Lac, with it's original Dene
name known "Gqnü kóp"
meaning "home of the jack pine". Directly to
the northeast from Fond Du Lac lies the community of Stony
"settlement on the other side of the Rapids"
and fifteen miles south lies Black Lake, with it's original
name known as "Tazen tuwé"
meaning Black Lake. Toward the south, but still very much
in northern Saskatchewan lies the community of Hatchet
Lake, Hatchet Lake is a body of water that does not connect
to Lake Athabasca but connected to Reindeer Lake another
large body of water that escapes at the tiny tip of the
north end into the province of Manitoba. Hatchet Lake
means "Tthpø tuwé"
meaning "Axe Lake".
second group of Dene people presently reside along the
Churchill river basin to the south,of Saskatchewan is
La Loche or other wise known as Meria lake "tth®tél
haze tuwé" La loche is close to the
Alberta border beside a body of water connected on the
north end of a lake named by the Europeans as Peter Pond
Lake. Buffalo River or Dillon rests south directly beneath
La Loche on Peter Pond Lake, the Elders and citizens have
renamed this lake back to it's original dene name known
to our ancestors as Ejere desche
maps. (National Museum of Manitoba. Canadian ethnology
services paper No. 27).
Lake or Birch Narrows as it is known to the Dene people
lies on the south tip of Turnor Lake and the lake's original
name has also being reinstated known as "Tátthühka
tuwé" Birch Narrows meaning a lake
with surrounding islands. English River or Patuanak a
name given by the Cree is a body of water known to the
Dene people as "Beghänücvere"
water that flows in many directions.