The deep, clear waters of the East Arm of Great Slave Lake and rolling boreal forest and tundra surrounding it form Thaidene Nene – the “Land of the Ancestors”: an expanse of over 33,000 square kilometres, and the heart of the homeland of the Lutsel K’e Denesoline people in the Northwest Territories.
The Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation (LKDFN) 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.
The Thaidene Nene vision is to build a sustainable future for the Lutsel K’e Denesoline by protecting nature’s beauty and balance of life, and by promoting our culture and special relationship with the land. We are committed to ensuring that Denesoline ways of knowing and doing can continue to be practiced for generations to come.