community of Dillon is home to the Buffalo River Band, a Denesuline
First Nation. It is situated on the banks of the Buffalo River
that winds from Dillon Lake to Peter Pond Lake. Reserve lands surround
the village, stretching along the beautiful southwestern shoreline
of Peter Pond Lake. The village's 500 residents work primarily in
trapping, fishing, and forestry. Most residents speak the Dene,
with English as a second language.
Recent research indicates that the Dene people were encouraged
by the Hudson's Bay Company to move southward toward the Churchill
River in the mid seventeen hundreds to trap beaver. This movement
increased after a smallpox epidemic in 1781 that wiped out ninety
percent of the Cree and Dene population.
The Buffalo River Band is thought to have lived at Buffalo
Narrows for some time in the 1890's before settling at Buffalo River.
In 1972, the Peter Pond Band was divided into the Turnor Lake and
Buffalo River First Nations. The people of Dillon look to a future
as full participants in the local economy and the education of their
children while looking back and respecting the teachings and traditions
of their Dene heritage.
The citizens of Dillon thank you for allowing them to bring
you a small part of their community into your home via the WWW and
invite you to take a brief electronic tour of their part of the
world, and hope you will soon come to visit them in person, for
a day or a lifetime!
First Nation Web Site
River Indian Band