Traditional Dene Patterns

Traditional Economy

Localized economies grounded in traditional practices and abundant natural resources remain widespread in the Northwest Territories.

From the fur trade to subsistence hunting, food harvesting, hide tanning to traditional crafts, this sector provides much-needed income opportunities — especially to remote regions of the territory.

In addition to economic benefits, this sector is important to the cultural well-being of the territory. It provides opportunities to share heritage and instill cultural pride while making a living for many in the territory. 

The Department is responsible for working with those operating within the sector to help promote and support the traditional economy for future generations