LKDFN initials the draft Thaidene Nene Establishment Agreement with Parks Canada

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Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation
P.O. Box 28, Lutsel K’e, NT X1A 1A0

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Northwest Territories First Nation initials Thaidene Nene Establishment Agreement, a significant milestone in the creation of a large new protected area in its traditional homeland

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

On Wednesday, November 13th, negotiators for the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation and Parks Canada Agency initialled the draft Thaidene Nene Establishment Agreement in Lutsel K’e.

A significant milestone towards the establishment of Thaidene Nene as a new National Park Reserve, the initialling signifies that the negotiators have reached agreement on most subject matters, and are prepared to recommend the agreement to their respective parties.

In a statement at the event, Chief Dora Enzoe stated: “The protection of Thaidene Nene has been a decades-long dream for the Lutsel K’e Denesoline. Our elders and the leadership have long maintained that we have a responsibility to protect this area of our territory to insure that our way of life can be maintained in the future. I look forward to reviewing in detail the draft agreement with the membership of the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation, and hope to receive a mandate to sign a final Thaidene Nene Establishment Agreement in the coming year.”

Negotiator Steven Nitah also made some remarks: “We have made good progress to date – however we have more work to do. We are committed to working with the Government of the Northwest Territories and industry stakeholders to appreciate our respective interests in Thaidene Nene, particularly with respect to the eventual boundary of the park. Over the next year I hope that we can reach a mutual understanding on a final boundary.”

Contact:

Chief Dora Enzoe
(867) 370-3051
Chief.lkdfn@gmail.com

Steven Nitah – LKDFN Negotiator
867-445-4147 or 867-370-3233
stevennitah@gmail.com

 To read NewsNorth’s story about the initialing of the draft Establishment Agreement, click here.

  1. Bonnie Denhaan
    Bonnie Denhaan12-06-2013

    Congratulations on the progress in this project! Keep up the good work, always aware that the natural area is a gift from our Creator for all future generations, while development and extractive industries are of finite future.

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