All seven communities in this southern region are accessible by road, making them the easiest places to visit in the territory. Picturesque beauty can be found along side the highway – whether it is the waterfalls of Twin Falls Territorial Park, watching bison graze alongside the road, or a stop at the northern store for local arts and fine crafts.
Tradition reigns strong with the Akaitcho First Nations in the friendly community of Fort Resolution. There is also a strong presence of Métis peoples in this region, whose ancestors came north most likely as fur traders in the 1800s. They brought with them their own traditions and styles of weaving, sewing and beading. Arts and fine crafts made by Dene artists typically include intricate beadwork and tufting on tanned hide footwear, gloves and bags. There are well known storytellers who give cultural tours around the Twin Falls sacred area and share legends of the land and its cultural history.
The larger communities of Fort Smith and Hay River have a vibrant arts scene. Multicultural and eclectic, artists are encouraged to explore and express themselves through photography, film, music and performance arts. Contemporary artists make stain glass, jewelry and paint to capture the beautiful landscape of this region.
Fort Providence artists sew unique and practical fashion accessories under the label Dene Fur Clouds. Traditionally produced by finger knitting, the fabric is created from the inter-looping of strands of beaver or rabbit fur. Designs include hats, scarves, mittens, blankets and jackets and are amazingly warm and soft.
Current Regional News
Wood Buffalo Frolics – Enjoy traditional winter activities and family fun! March 14th - March 16th
Sugar Shack! Enjoy maple syrup, maple tea, fiddling & smiles at the Fort Smith Recreation Centre. March 14th 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yellowknife Film Festival in Fort Smith! Join the Fort Smith community at the Rec Centre for a viewing of selected films from this year’s Yellowknife International Film Festival (YKIFF), featuring films and new media works from across the Canadian and the Circumpolar North. March 14th, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Let's Dance! Sign up for a 2 day dance workshop at the Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre on April 5th and April 6th, 2014!
Polar Pond hockey tournament - Join us on the ice for pond hockey, beer gardens, live bands and more! March 7th-9th
NWT Dog Sled Championships and Spring Carnival - Celebrate the end of winter with a winter carnival complete with dog sled races, traditional games and fun activities for the whole family. March
Snow Sculpture Contest – Join a Snow Sculpture Contest, and a community Easter egg hunt. Easter Weekend