Stephen Bonnetplume was born in Aklavik, on June 6, 1936, to his parents Sarah and Paul Bonnetplume. Steven’s parents had eleven children. Although Stephen remembers spending some of his childhood in Fort McPherson, he was primarily raised in the Aklavik area. “On Aklavik River,” he explains “you go down this channel and there’s another river there. They call that river Maring Channel, and there’s a portage there.” This was where Stephen was raised.