Tsiigehtchic “mouth of the iron river” lies at the confluence of the Mackenzie and Arctic Red Rivers, on an imposing bluff with a commanding view of the water. The community is connected to the Dempster Highway by a ferry that carries traffic across the Mackenzie and Arctic Red Rivers and stops here on demand. Tsiichetchic is 132 km south of Inuvik by road.
This Gwich’in community is part of the Gwich’in settlement area. Many residents depend on the land for moose, beaver, ducks and fish for their food. Arts and crafts are a small but important part of the local economy. Ferry crossing maintenance and operation provide jobs, as do the local retail store and post office, which is run by the band. The head office of the Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute is located in the community.
Chief Paul Nidilchie School provides K-9, and the community has an Aurora College Community Learning Centre. Groceries are available.
Additional community information can also be found on the LGANT site: http://tsiigehtchic.lgant.ca.
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