We exist to work with the people in our Dehcho region to collect, record, preserve and present
our culture, history, artifacts and traditions, raising awareness and pride and conserving our
heritage for future generations.
The objectives of the Fort Simpson Historical Society (FSHS) are as follows:
a. To preserve buildings and sites of historical significance in the Village of Fort Simpson and
the immediate vicinity (such as the original site of Fort of the Forks, the house at Rabbitskin
River, the house at Two Islands and Fort Alexander at Willow Lake River.)
b. To collect, preserve and display artifacts.
c. To collect, record and publish stories, legends and historical data.
d. To preserve all of the above for the benefit and education of local inhabitants, visitors and
The Fort Simpson Historical Society was established in 1990, and celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary in 2016. During these 25 years, they have undertaken multiple archeological digs, worked to have noted historical sites registered with Canada’s Historic Places, and undertaken the task of building a heritage centre to house the history and heritage of the Dehcho region.
The Fort Simpson Historical Society’s most recent goal is to restore, renovate and use the Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Rectory as a Heritage Centre. The Heritage Centre project, started in 2008, will include space for artifact displays, archival collections, artistic exhibits, office space, gift shop and workshops. The basement has a full kitchen to allow for community functions as well as historical society events. Our completion goal is 2018, and we are now working on the final interior finishing (light fixtures, bathroom fixtures, painting, flooring, baseboards, and furniture, display cases, etc.). We are on track for completion in 2018.
2017 Board Members
Martina Norwegian, President
Renalyn Pascau-Matte, Secretary/Treasurer
Barb Tsetso, Board Member
Dorothy Stearns, Board Member
Angela Fiebelkorn, Board Member
Alison de Pelham, Executive Director
Fort Simpson Historical Society
9914 100 Street
P.O. Box 59
Fort Simpson, NT X0E 0N0
EMAIL: fortsimpsonhistoricalsociety (at) gmail.com