Timeline – Thaidene Nene

Federal government announces national park reserve boundary for consultation

July 29, 2015
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Federal government officials travel to Lutsel K’e to unveil the proposed national park reserve boundary for Thaidene Nene, and kick off the Parks Canada public consultation process.

Proposed territorial boundaries revealed

July 15, 2015
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The Government of the Northwest Territories releases proposed boundaries for the territorially-protected portions of Thaidene Nene – agreed to by the GNWT, Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation, Deninu K’ue First Nation, and the NWT Metis Nation – and launches its public consultation process.

Negotiations with GNWT

January 23, 2015
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The LKDFN signs a Process Agreement with the GNWT to guide discussions around working together to establish Thaidene Nene, and begins formal negotiations.

World Parks Congress

November 13, 2014
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Thaidene Nene is selected for presentation to a global audience at the World Parks Congress in Australia – as an innovative model to create a sustainable and prosperous future that balances conservation of a traditional lifestyle and the environment, with economic growth.

Interim Protection Renewed

April 1, 2014
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The interim land withdrawal for the Thaidene Nene study area is renewed by both federal and territorial governments for two years.

Devolution

April 1, 2014
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The Government of the NWT assumes province-like decision-making powers over lands and resources, giving them a much larger role in protecting Thaidene Nene.

Public Opinion Strong

December 7, 2013
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Public Opinion research commissioned shows that a large majority (80%) of residents of Hay River and Yellowknife support creation of Thaidene Nene.

Initialing the draft Agreement

November 13, 2013
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LKDFN and Parks Canada negotiators initial the draft Thaidene Nene Establishment Agreement, signalling their agreement on most subject matters related to establishing Thaidene Nene as a new National Park Reserve, and readiness to recommend the agreement to their respective parties.

Thaidene Nene Speaking Tour

May 1, 2013
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CPAWS and LKDFN leaders and members tour select southern Canadian cities to speak about the opportunities of Thaidene Nene, and to build public support for establishment.

Find out more at www.cpaws.org/campaigns/thaidenenene.

Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes

April 2, 2013
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The LKDFN and CPAWS host Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes in Lutsel K’e and Yellowknife, to build profile and support for establishing Thaidene Nene.

Watch the series of short videos produced during her visit in the Gallery.

TN Wins Arctic Inspiration Prize

December 14, 2012
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The Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation and partners win an inaugural Arctic Inspiration Prize, recognizing their innovative efforts to protect Thaidene Nene and to create a sustainable and rosperous future that balances conservation of a way of life and the environment, with economic growth.

Preliminary Area of Interest Renewed

November 1, 2012
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The withdrawal for the 33 000 km2 “Preliminary Area of Interest” is renewed by Canada through Order-In-Council for two years.

Interim Protection Renewed

April 1, 2012
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The interim land withdrawal for the 33 500 km2 study area is renewed by Canada through Order-In-Council for two years.

MOU with CPAWS

February 1, 2011
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The LKDFN signs an MOU with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) to work collaboratively on public communications to promote establishment of a new Thaidene Nene protected area that will conserve the environmental and cultural integrity of the core of the LKDFN’s homeland.

Discussions Between Canada and the LKDFN

September 1, 2010
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Formal Thaidene Nene establishment discussions between Canada and the LKDFN start.

Thaidene Nene Framework Agreement Signed

April 1, 2010
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The LKDFN and Canada sign the Thaidene Nene Framework Agreement. This agreement commits the parties to a Thaidene Nene Establishment Process, working together towards the execution of a Thaidene Nene Establishment Agreement. The Establishment Agreement will include provisions for Thaidene Nene boundaries, management, operations, infrastructure, and First Nation participation.

Thaidene Nene Vision

February 1, 2008
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The LKDFN formally adopts its Vision for Thaidene Nene.

Ni hat’ni Dene Program Started

January 1, 2008
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The Ni hat’ni Dene Program is started. Chief among Thaidene Nene capacity building initiatives, the Ni hat’ni Dene are the “face” of Thaidene Nene. The program has the broad mandate to promote LKDFN stewardship of Thaidene Nene, with these specific goals:

  • Maintaining the integrity of cultural sites and the natural beauty within Thaidene Nene;
  • Hosting and providing interpretive tours for

MERA

November 1, 2006
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Parks Canada begins work on the Mineral and Energy Resource Assessment (MERA) in the “Preliminary Area of Interest”, as well as a Total Economic Valuation of the goods and services provided by Thaidene Nene. These studies have been completed and await release by the federal government.

Memorandum of Understanding

October 1, 2006
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The LKDFN and Parks Canada develop and sign a Memorandum of Understanding to guide the preparatory work necessary prior to formal protected area discussions and establishment. This MOU provides for cooperative work to be conducted in the areas of feasibility studies, boundary development, training and capacity enhancement, and public consultation.