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Article: Post Reserve

Present day reserves in Saskatchewan

There 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 Rapids "Deschaghe"meaning "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".

The 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 (Buffalo River).

maps. (National Museum of Manitoba. Canadian ethnology services paper No. 27).

Turnor 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.