Tsay Keh Dene is located at the north end of the Williston Reservoir in the northern regions of the Rocky Mountain Trench. The Tsay Keh Dene (Ingenika) First Nation is one of the Sekani nations with a traditional territory in northern interior BC. Access to the community is by logging road from Mackenzie, or by plane via Ootsa Air from Prince George.
“In 1824 Samuel Black, an early fur trader visited the region and kept a journal of his visit there with Tse Keh Nay Chief Methodiates and his followers. He described the historic use of the resource rich Amazay/Thutade/Kemess area. Duncan (Amazay) Lake – known as Amazay Lake in Sekani – is a natural 6 kilometres (3.7 mi)-long long wilderness fish-bearing lake with rainbow trout and whitefish populations, located at the headwaters of the Findlay watershed.”
Forestry, hunting, fishing, tourism, airline, housing construction
Village population: ~250 (Self-reported)
Health Administrative Information
Health Authority: First Nations Health Authority
Rural Designation: RSA community
RRP Designation: A
Practitioner + Clinic information
There is a nursing station in this community, as well as community health representatives (CHRs)
The nearest secondary/tertiary/emergency health services are located in Mackenzie.
Ootsa Air flies between Tsay Keh Dene and Prince George three times a week. Details can be found on the Tsay Keh Dene web site.
There are rooms available for visitors to the community. Book your accommodations on the web site.
There is an ATM available in this community.
Tsay Keh Dene operates a school in the community that teaches students from K-12.
There is an Adult Learning Centre which has partnered with the College of New Caledonia to offer upgrading courses.
There is a library in this community.
Lorraine Baker visits the community every 4 weeks. She provides the following services:
- Advice on ways to enhance nutrients in your diet Cooking classes Testing for allergies and/or parasites Biomeridian body systems testing Nutrition advice for infants and children Weight loss consulting Wild-crafted herbal preparations and assistance in making traditional medicines
Ms. Baker also provides pre-natal nutritional counseling (individually and in workshop settings), and hosts diabetes education workshops
Mental Health and Counseling
Counselors are available in community each week. Individual and group workshop services are offered. Counselors participate in implementing and facilitating any healing, culture or family camps that take place. To learn more, visit the Tsay Keh Dene web site
Family Support Services
The community has a family support worker regularly visits homes to assess and address each family's needs. There is a Safe Home program in place to provide a safety plan for children at risk while keeping them in community close to family. Tsay Keh Dene First Nation also offers "The Learning Circle," a 12 week program for parents that offers education, culture, and parenting supports. In addition to providing in-community services for families, the family support worker also liaises with the Ministry of Children and Families in Prince George, and acts as a resource for families who may have questions or concerns about court processes and proceedings. For more information, visit the Tsay Keh Dene web site
Home and Elder Care
Home care workers are available to assist elders with medical and health appointments, grocery shopping, and household duties. The community hosts an Elders' lunch every Wednesday at the community church. A health lunch is provided and elders can participate in various crafts and activities.
Child and Youth Services
Aboriginal Infant Development Program Elders welcome and bless babies at a community ceremony, and pass on traditional teachings and culture. A community feast follows the ceremony. Youth Programs Working in collaboration with the Family Support and Counselling staff, a Youth and Wellness Counsellor coordinates youth activities in-community twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays. An annual youth camp is also offered at Shadow Lake, three hours west of Tsay Keh Dene.
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