The Łutsël K’é Dene community has been working to make Thaidene Nëné a reality for decades.
1970: Chief Pierre Catholique and Council refuses to consent to a National Park, concerned with impacts to the harvesting lifestyle of the Łuts.l K’e Dene.
1982: Canada again approaches Łutsël K’é about a National Park. Hereditary Chief Joe Lockhart famously tells government officials to “pack up their maps and go”.
1990s: Diamonds and precious metals are found in the traditional territory. This triggers an industrial development boom.
2000: Chief Felix Lockhart, concerned about the land and wildlife, initiates discussions with Parks Canada about a potential park.
2004: Chief Archie Catholique and the community approve a name and boundary for Thaidene Nëné.
2007: Chief Addie Jonasson and Council signs a memorandum-of-understanding with Parks Canada to investigate the feasibility of Thaidene Nëné. The land is put under Interim Land Withdrawal through the Akaitcho Process.
2010: Chief Steven Nitah signs a Framework Agreement with Canada outlining the negotiation process for Thaidene Nëné. In the fall, Chief Antoine Michel initiates formal negotiations.
2013: Negotiations with the Government of the Northwest Territories begin for a territorial protected area. Łutsel K’e. starts working on strategies for Thaidene Nëné tourism and economic development.
2015: An endowment fund is initiated to support Łuts.l K’e’s responsibilities towards co-governing Thaidene Nëné.
2018: Establishment Agreements are negotiated and ready for ratification by Łutsel K’e, Parks Canada and the GNWT.
2019: Łutsel K’e ratifies Thaidene Nëné through an all-member referendum (88% of ballots in favour). Łutsel K’e invites the Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories to sign Establishment Agreements on July 25, 2019.
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.