Shadhäla (Champagne)

Shadhäla (Champagne

Shadhäla, meaning “little sunny mountain,” is located on a bend of Shadhäla Chù (Dezadeash or Champagne River), also known as Titl’àt Män Tágà (head of the lake river). The village is located at the intersection of the main north-south and east-west traditional travel routes or tän (trails) through the heart of dákéyi (our country).

The community was the Dän headquarters, where families from throughout the Traditional Territory gathered. The Kajit kų and Agunda kų (Crow and Wolf clan houses) were located here, and the cemetery was our main tth’än k’e (burial ground). Shadhäla is still a cultural hub. We gather here to honour our people during funerals and memorial potlatches.