Proposed Taltson Hydroelectric Expansion Project

Brad Novecosky (NWT Archaeologist’s Permit 2010-011)

In August 2010, Golder Associates Ltd. (Golder) conducted an archaeological survey on potential routing options for the proposed Taltson Hydroelectric Expansion Project on behalf of Dezé Energy Corporation. The overall proposed project extends from the Twin Gorges Facility northwest of Fort Smith to the Ekati Mine north of Lac de Gras. The survey was completed under Northwest Territories Class 2 Permit No. 10-011 issued to Brad Novecosky. Field work was completed with assistance from Don Balsillie, Aileen Drybones, Roger and Gus Catlin.

The 2010 investigation included a survey of routing options near the east arm of Great Slave Lake. The reconnaissance was carried out using a combination of pedestrian, boat and low level airplane survey. Over the course of the two day survey, two previously unrecorded archaeological sites were identified and seven sites that were previously recorded in the 1960s were revisited. The previously unrecorded sites included an early 20th Century campsite with 21 tent rings located on a peninsula in MacLeod Bay and one historic cabin on the east shore of McLeod Bay. The revisited sites include campsites and cabins in the vicinity of the mouth of the Lockhart River, sites associated with Pike’s Portage as well as the remnants of Old Fort Reliance.

(Edited by Shelley Crouch, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre)