L1 users: 530 (2011 census). Ethnic population: 3,600 (1995 M. Krauss).
Alberta province: Hay River area and Steen River-May Creek watershed; British Columbia province: Fort Nelson- Snake river area; Northwest Territories: Mackenzie district, Great Slave Lake, upper Mackenzie River.
7 (Shifting). Statutory language of provincial identity in NWT (1988, NWT Official Languages Act, Chapter 56 (Supplemented), Section 4), restricted official use.
Older people still use South Slavey in smaller, isolated communities; serious attrition among children and young people. Also use English [eng].