230 (2011 census). Bearlake dialect: L1 population: 580, ethnic population: 1,070. Hare dialect: L1 population: 145, ethnic population: 710. Mountain dialect: L1 population: 100, ethnic population: 170 (Golla 2007). Ethnic population: 1,940 (Golla 2007).
Northwest Territories, Mackenzie District, middle Mackenzie River from Fort Norman north, around Great Bear Lake; Mackenzie Mountains in Deline, Fort Good Hope, Tulita, Colville Lake, Norman Wells; Yellowknife.
7 (Shifting). Statutory language of provincial identity in NWT (1988, NWT Official Languages Act, Chapter 56(Supplemented), Section 4).
Bearlake, Hare, Mountain Slavey. North and South Slavey [xsl] form a chain of related varieties.
Deline still has strong language use including young people. Decreasing use in other communities. Over half actively use it in the home. Speakers 60 and older.