Thaidene Nene Manager, Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation
Łutsël K’é, NWT – It is well known across the north that the Bathurst caribou herd’s population has declined by 98 percent and the herd is on the verge of collapse. To support the effective stewardship of caribou, and especially the recovery of the Bathurst caribou herd, the Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation’s Chief and Council have formally approved a community-led caribou stewardship plan called Yúnethé Xá Ɂetthën Hádi.
Based on extensive community engagement, the foundation of this plan is Łutsël K’é Dënesųłı̨né beliefs, values, and stories shared at “Caribou Talk” meetings held in the community. At Caribou Talks, Łutsël K’é elders, hunters, and monitors shared their observations of few calves and smaller groups of Bathurst caribou traveling together. One attendee shared: “In the past, every cow would have a calf. Now, it seems less than a quarter of the cows have calves.”
Currently, the plan applies to Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation members within the Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation traditional territory, including the newly established Thaidene Nëné protected areas. The plan outlines hunting policies, protocols, and activities to encourage and support respectful hunting practices based on Łutsël K’é Dënesųłı̨né values and practices.
The Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation announces their new ownership of Frontier Fishing Lodge, a world-class fishing destination in Thaidene Nëné
Chief Darryl Marlowe
Łutsël K’é, NWT — The Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation in the Northwest Territories have become the new owners of the Frontier Fishing Lodge, just a few kilometres from their community of Łutsël K’é on Tu Nedhé (Great Slave Lake).
As the official Gateway to Thaidene Nëné, Frontier Lodge will continue to offer world-class fishing and will add new adventures and cultural programs interpreted from the Łutsël K’é Dene perspective. Plans are underway to make much needed capital improvements to Frontier Lodge, including upgrades to buildings, furniture, fixtures and equipment, and incorporating traditional arts and crafts into the design.
The new ownership also follows this summer’s establishment of Thaidene Nëné by the Łutsël K’é, in partnership with the Canadian Government and Government of the Northwest Territories.
Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation in the Northwest Territories establishes large new Indigenous Protected Area in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories.
Chief Darryl Marlowe
Łutsël K’e, NWT — On Wednesday, August 21st, Chief Darryl Marlowe of the Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation (LKDFN) will sign agreements with the Parks Canada Agency and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) to jointly establish Thaidene Nëné (“Land of the Ancestors” in Denesǫłine Yati, the local Indigenous language) as a large new protected area in the Northwest Territories.
Thaidene Nëné will permanently protect 26,376 km2 of nationally significant boreal forest, tundra, and freshwater ecosystems in and around the East Arm of Great Slave Lake and beyond. These pristine ecosystems, highlighted by sharp cliffs, deep lakes, and rushing rivers, teem with caribou, muskoxen, wolves, and fish. These healthy ecosystems sustain the culture and livelihood of the Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation and other Northern communities.