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.