Thaidene Nëné presents an incredible opportunity to conserve a globally-significant landscape — and sustain a community.
The Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation and our partners are advancing an initiative to foster ecological integrity, cultural continuity, and economic sustainability through permanent protection of this critical ecological and cultural landscape. Our unique team is taking an innovative approach to creating a new form of protected area — one that will enable us as Indigenous people to fulfill our responsibility as stewards and hosts in our traditional territory.
Łutsël K’é Dene is looking to a future that not only secures our land and water, but will secure our Dene way of life for generations to come. By protecting Thaidene Nëné, we hope to diversify our local economy and create sustainable livelihoods and new tourism opportunities. We are taking a holistic approach to building a healthy and self-sustaining community. We are developing special partnerships to protect part of our traditional homeland. Our vision is that Thaidene Nëné will always be a place where we can hunt caribou and other animals that provide our sustenance, where we can fish in the deep, clear waters that surround us, and where practicing and strengthening our culture will create sustainable livelihoods and opportunities to share with other Canadians.
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.