We created the Thaidene Nëné Fund to ensure long-term funding for the Land of the Ancestors.
Łutsël K’é Dene will have its own staff, equipment, vehicles, and programs in Thaidene Nëné, and will need a stable, long-term source of funding to support costs. Łutsël K’é Dene has established a trust fund to support its management and operation responsibilities in Thaidene Nëné. Together with our partner, Nature United, Łutsël K’é Dene has committed to establishing the Thaidene Nëné Trust by raising $15 million, which will be matched by the federal government for a total of $30 million. These funds will be placed into a trust in order to underpin community stewardship and economic diversification.
The $30 million will be protected in the trust fund so that it never gets spent. Only the annual interest and investment income will be provided to theŁutsël K’é Dene for its management and operational responsibilities in Thaidene Nëné. In addition, trust fund revenue can be used for training and capacity building, promoting the Dene way of life, and business development. In order to fulfill baseline budget requirements, if the annual trust fund income cannot fully fund Łutsël K’é Dene baseline management and operations budget, Parks Canada will provide supplemental funding.
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.