New Indigenous Protected Area Respects People & the Land – Indigenous Leadership Initiative

by ahnationtalk on August 22, 2019156 Views

About 115 miles northeast of Yellowknife, the Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation has led the creation of one of the biggest protected areas in the country. The Dene who now call Lutsel’Ke home have survived on these lands for thousands of years. The area unfolds along the eastern shores of the Great Slave Lake. Towering cliffs rise out of the water, then broad waves of boreal forest give way to stretches of glorious tundra. Caribou, musk oxen, moose and tens of thousands of songbirds and waterfowl find a home on these lands. And a mosaic of wetlands, lakes and streams provide clean waters for the entire region.

On August 21st, Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation signed an agreement with the Parks Canada Agency and the Government of the Northwest Territories to permanently protect 26,376 square kilometres of these vibrant lands. The entire area, called Thaidene Nëné, is an Indigenous protected area. Parts of it are also designated as a national park, territorial park and wildlife conservation area. All of it will be co-managed by Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation.

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