Hay River

From Fish Camp to Modern Town

In 1892, Chief Shatla of the Slavey, decided to make the seasonal fish camp on the north east bank of Hay River a permanent location for his people. In 1893, the Anglican Mission was established. Hay River remained a trading post and mission station until the discovery of pitch blende in the 1930’s close to Great Bear Lake and gold in the Yellowknife area. A road, which could be used year round, was required to access these resources.



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