The Thaidene Nëné Department is hiring four half-time guardians for two-year term positions to work with the year-round Ni Hat'ni Dene program.
Ni Hat’ni Dene means watchers of the land in Dënesųłıné. Ni Hat'ni Dene are the guardians of the Thaidene Nëné Indigenous Protected Area. They maintain the cultural and ecological integrity of Thaidene Nëné; they welcome and educate visitors to the area; and they transmit cultural and scientific knowledge to younger generations.
Applicants should have strong knowledge of LKDFN's natural and cultural heritage, be physically fit, and have experience operating boats, skidoos, and small engines. The ability to speak and understand the Dënesųłıné language is an asset.
The deadline to apply is Friday, March 31, at 5pm. Interested applicants should submit an updated resume and cover letter to the Thaidene Nëné Office or LKDFN Office Reception or email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The parties are seeking expressions of interest for a contract opportunity to support the creation of an operational vision for the Thaidene Nëné Indigenous Protected Area.
Thaidene Nëné Xá Dá Yáłtı is the operational management board of the Thaidene Nëné Indigenous Protected Area. Board members are appointed by the Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation, Northwest Territory Métis Nation, Parks Canada, and the Government of the Northwest Territories, and supported by senior representatives from each of the parties. Although decision-making is shared, the parties have different operational responsibilities and capacities. As the operational parties work to implement the vision for Thaidene Nëné set out in the establishment agreements, ensuring operational coordination, growth, and efficiencies is a key priority.
This contract involves background research, interviews, workshop design and facilitation, and reporting.
The parties wish for the contract to commence as soon as possible with a target completion of fall 2023.
Please direct any questions and expressions of interest to Jon Weller (email@example.com | 867-767-9233 ext. 53068) before Friday, April 21.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2023
At a special meeting held in Łutsël K’é on February 2, 2023, Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation (LKDFN) members directed Chief and Council to renew Yúnethé Xá Ɂetthën Hádı, LKDFN’s Caribou Stewardship Plan. The Chief and Council proceeded to do so by Band Council Resolution on February 3, 2023.
Initially approved by LKDFN in January 2020, Yúnethé Xá Ɂetthën Hádı is the First Nation’s law and policy with respect to how it will caretake caribou. The plan contains harvesting policies, monitoring initiatives, and enforcement measures.
Importantly, the plan contains a renewed provision concerning the threatened Bathurst caribou herd. LKDFN members are not to harvest Bathurst caribou, and all other people are advised to do the same. The plan also contains policy around respectful harvesting from non-Bathurst caribou herds, based upon traditional laws prohibiting meat wastage and overhunting.
LKDFN is establishing an Elder Disciplinary Committee to determine appropriate consequences for those who violate the laws and policies contained within the plan. The committee will take a restorative justice approach to discipline and consequences.
Chief James Marlowe noted, “The caribou measures instituted by the GNWT have not been effective at conserving Bathurst caribou. This herd continues to decline, disrespectful harvesting continues, and Dene are feeling criminalized for practicing our way of life. The Łutsël K’é Dene have proven over generations that we have lived in respectful relationship with caribou – our plan is our way to implement our responsibility for caretaking caribou in modern times. We encourage other Indigenous peoples to similarly use their traditional laws as a better way to ensure that healthy caribou remain for future generations.”
Chief James Marlowe
Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation
December 2022 Thaidene Nëné Newsletter
The December 2022 edition of the Thaidene Nëné newsletter is hot off the press!
While the pandemic continues, things felt a little more normal in the Thaidene Nëné Indigenous Protected Area this year. Ni Hat’ni Dene had a full calendar of patrols, research and monitoring, training, and camps over the last twelve months; five young people were mentored by the guardians as part of the 2022 summer student program; Frontier Lodge had one of its busiest seasons to date; and Thaidene Nëné Xá Dá Yáłtı has been making progress in developing and implementing governance policies and moving the management planning process forward.
If you have suggestions for the newsletter or for Thaidene Nëné communications and/or operations, please let us know. Our door is always open.
We will have paper copies for community members shortly. In the meantime, check out the digital version.
When Sunrise Lockhart, who was born and raised in Łutsël K’é, returned to the community after graduating from high school in Fort Smith, he worked with the recreation department, where he gained valuable experience delivering and later designing and managing programming. From there, he was hired on as the youth coordinator, a position that further expanded his administrative skills. While he enjoyed this work, he found himself spending all of his free time on the land, reconnecting with the knowledge and skills that had been passed on to him by his family.
Sunrise’s earliest memories on the land are with his paternal grandparents, Bernadette and Joe Lockhart. They would take him out whenever they could, for picnics on the side of the road, visits to their cabin, and hunting trips further afield. As Sunrise got older, he and his family, including his parents, James and Sandra Lockhart, and brother, Chase, would go out with other families, spending weeks at a time camping and harvesting.
As he rediscovered his connection to the land and his Łutsël K’é Dene culture, Sunrise started to seek out work opportunities that would allow him to spend time in the bush, which is how he ended up at the cultural exchange camp, a gathering of Dene from Łutsël K’é and Maori from Aotearoa (New Zealand) at Ɂedacho Tłaze (Timber Bay) on Ɂedacho Kúe (Artillery Lake) this past September. Working alongside Ni Hat’ni Dene, the Indigenous guardians of Thaidene Nëné, Sunrise was responsible for making sure the camps were set up well and had wood and water. “I liked the work environment,” he recalls. “Being out on the land but also being part of a team. You accomplish things when you work together.”
Coincidentally, as the gathering ended, the department was looking for a new coordinator for the Ni Hat’ni Dene program. In addition to being attracted to the work environment, Sunrise welcomed the opportunity to give back to his community by supporting the guardians. “We face challenges in Łutsël K’é,” he explains. “The Thaidene Nëné Department is doing important work, helping out with employment, offering meaningful programming, promoting cultural activities, providing educational opportunities.”
Like so many in the community, Sunrise loves spending time at Kaché (Fort Reliance). Desnéthcheé, the spiritual gathering that draws Łutsël K’é Dene to Reliance each summer, started around the time that Sunrise was born, so he grew up attending the gathering. It remains an important part of his summer plans. Ɂedacho Kúe is another special place for Sunrise, a destination for harvesting in the fall and the winter: “I look forward to going up there to hunt for caribou, to fish and trap, but also just to walk on the barrenlands.”
Looking to the future, Sunrise would like to see more involvement from the community in the protected area. “Thaidene Nëné is important because our way of life is out there,” he explains. Not only do Łutsël K’é Dene depend on the land for sustenance, but who they are as Indigenous people is rooted in the land. In addition to sustaining a way of life, spending time on the land is important for wellbeing more broadly. “Being out on the land is good for you physically,” Sunrise believes. “It also gives you a sense of purpose.” Perhaps not surprisingly given his background, he wants to ensure there are opportunities for young people to learn and ultimately to participate in protecting their land. “Elders are disappearing,” Sunrise observes. “It is important that we conserve their ways and pass that along to the younger generations."
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We are the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation. Our vision for Thaidene Nëné is:
Nuwe néné, nuwe ch'anıé yunedhé xa (Our land, our culture for the future).
We’re working with our partners to permanently protect Thaidene Nëné—part of our
huge and bountiful homeland around and beyond the East Arm of Tu Nedhé.