We are building a network of Łutsël K’é Dene members, young and old, who will serve as the stewards of Thaidene Nëné.
maintain the integrity of cultural sites and the natural beauty within Thaidene Nëné
host and provide interpretive tours for visitors in the area
monitor and document visitor activity, cultural features, and environmental/wildlife values
transmit cultural and scientific knowledge to younger generations
Each of two Ni Hat’ni Dene crews, made up of two adults and two-three youth, work two-week rotations on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake during the summers, practising a traditional subsistence lifestyle, taking care of important sites, conducting environmental monitoring, and interacting with visitors to this spectacular part of Thaidene Nëné. Since 2008, we have run the Ni hat’ni Dene Program at important traditional sites within Thaidene Nëné — Kache (Reliance), the heart of Thaidene Nëné; Kaldele (Talthelei Narrows); and Pekanatui Point: the gateways to Thaidene Nëné. In 2013, the program focussed on building the capacity of our people to monitor environmental change, communicate with Thaidene Nëné users, and maintain strong records, including water quality and fish sampling data. In 2014, we focused on water quality and fish sampling around the East Arm, and were based closer to Łutsël K’é due to the intense forest fire season, allowing us to include more community members in our activities, including children.
We are the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation. We’re working with our partners to permanently protect Thaidene Nene — part of our huge and bountiful homeland around and beyond the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, NWT.