GNWT public consultations on Thaidene Nene start July 15th!
Thaidene Nene needs your support now!
The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is holding a series of public consultations about protecting Thaidene Nene starting on July 15th in Yellowknife. At these sessions, GNWT representatives will be seeking public input on a proposed boundary for a territorial park that would protect part of Thaidene Nene, alongside a proposed national park reserve.
The public consultation schedule is as follows:
YELLOWKNIFE: July 15th, 7:00 – 9:30 pm – Tree of Peace
FORT SMITH: July 27th, 7:00 – 9:30 pm – Roaring Rapids Hall
HAY RIVER: July 28th, 7:00 – 9:30 pm – Ptarmigan Inn
FORT RESOLUTION: July 29th, 7:00 – 9:30 pm – Community Hall
Protecting Thaidene Nene presents an unprecedented opportunity for the NWT: it will protect important habitat, clean water, and well-loved recreational areas; provide a chance for the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation (LKDFN) to promote our culture and special relationship with the land, and create a sustainable local economy based on tourism.
The proposal being put forward is a result of negotiations between the LKDFN and the GNWT. We hope you will attend a public consultation session to voice your support.
Here are some key points to consider:
- The GNWT will be sharing a map of the proposed boundary for the territorial park, which will include part of Thaidene Nene. They will be asking for feedback from the public. It is critical that this proposed boundary is not altered to shrink the park in size. This proposal is the absolute minimum required to protect Thaidene Nene’s ecological and cultural values; in fact, a BIGGER boundary would be preferable.
- The GNWT will need to develop new or amended territorial legislation to effectively protect Thaidene Nene. This law must:
- provide permanent protection equivalent to a national park while reflecting the recreational interests of northerners,
- protect Aboriginal and treaty rights,
- prohibit all industrial development, and
- provide for arrangements for co-governance with Aboriginal governments.
If you are not able to attend one of these sessions in person, please visit the Thaidene Nene Action Centre to submit your comments to the GNWT – you have until August 15th 2015 to do so.
Thank you for your support!