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Fort Providence

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Fort Providence is a hamlet in the South Slave Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. Located west of Great Slave Lake, it has all-weather road connections by way of the Yellowknife Highway (Great Slave Highway) branch off the Mackenzie Highway, and the Deh Cho Bridge opened November 30, 2012 near Fort Providence over the Mackenzie. The bridge replaces the ice bridge and ferry, enabling year-round crossing of the river.Fort Providence is well known for hosting the annual Mackenzie Days celebrations in August each year.DemographicsThe recorded population was 734 in the 2011 Census, an increase of 1.0% from 2006. In the 2006 Census there were 727 people. Of these the majority, 670, were Aboriginal, made up of 580 First Nations, Dene people, and 65 Métis people. In 2012 the Government of the Northwest Territories reported that the population was 788 with an average yearly growth rate of -0.3% from 2001.First NationsThe Dene of the community are represented by the Deh Gah Gotie Dene Band and the Métis by Fort Providence Métis Nation. Both groups belong to the Dehcho First Nations.
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