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.