About Tulita

Geographic Location: North-Wright Air provides service to Tulita, with flights from Norman Wells six days per week, twice daily. Charter flights are also available from North-Wright Air and Ursus Aviation.

Mail arrives daily and leaves Tulita three times per week. During the summer months, supply barges travel on the Mackenzie river, reducing the cost of supplies, compared to that which arrive by air.

Six kilometers of local roads serve this small community year round. Winter roads link the community to Norman Wells, Deline, and Fort Simpson, allowing supplied to reach Tulita by truck.




Tulita Culture - Anglican ChurchTulita Dene still maintained occupancy and use of all their traditional lands and waters. Oil was discovered by Dene long before Alexander Mackenzie paddled down the Dehcho River which was named after him for paddling down it only once in 1789. Mackenzie took notes of the oil seepage at Le Gohtine or “where the oil is” as it was and is known to the Tulita Dene. Later in 1919/20 oil wells were drilled at Le Gohtine and it became known as Norman Wells because of its close location to Ft. Norman which is Tulita traditional territory. Following this and as per the pattern of most treaty making in Canada where valuable resources were proven to exist, the federal government sought to quickly engage a Treaty with the Dene of the area. On July 21, 1921 Treaty 11 was signed in Ft. Norman. The Treaty’s lawful obligations were never fully honored by the Crown, therefore, a land and resources comprehensive claims process began and an agreement was settled when the Sahtu Dene & Métis Land Claims Settlement Act became federal legislation on June 23, 1994. The Tulita Dene and Métis are now in negotiations with Canada to address self-government.

All of the communities of the Sahtu have holistic goals that encompass governance, social, political, economic, environmental and cultural aspects among many others. In essence, these communities can have the authority and thus responsibility for all activities related to their socio-cultural and economic advancement through self-government and self-determining leadership. Each community has its own unique set of challenges and opportunities that are layered in historical experience. The colonization experience especially the Residential School experience has been particularly difficult. Stack onto this the disenfranchisement, economic, social and cultural marginalization experiences and you have significant work to allow the Dene and Métis to recover from these experiences; however, they are working hard at it and with assistance and united focus, they are achieving results, one healthy person at a time. The Dene & Métis of the Sahtu are remarkable people for their ability to sustain their unique cultures and for sharing their lands, resources and waters with others. They epitomize the essence of their ancestor’s desire for “Peace, Friendship and Sharing.” This can be found in their warm northern hospitality, generous spirit and community based vision.

Tulita Facts

TulitaTulita means, “where two rivers meet,” in the Dene language of the Tulita Dene. Tulita is located on the south bank of the Bear River and east shore of the Mackenzie River. Just across the Bear River from Tulita stands Bear Rock, which is a spiritual place that is held in high respect. Bear rock holds legendary significance to the Dene. In 1810, the Northwest Trading Company established a trading post on the current site of Tulita and called it Fort Norman.

Today Tulita is an exciting community of approximately 500 residents, where excellent prospects for future development in oil and gas, mining and tourism have significant potential. These potential economic activities along with the beautiful traditional and cultural practices of the Tulita citizens will make Tulita a prosperous place to live. The Dene and Métis of Tulita have a rich history, heritage and culture, which is carried in the wisdom of the elders and being reinvigorated with every youth that embraces it.

The average temperature for January is -32.6C and for July is 22.2C.