Press Releases - 2010
Canadian Boreal Initiative applauds framework agreement to advance protection of Thaidene Nene in the Northwest Territories
Alberta, April 7, 2010: The Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation and Parks Canada today signed a framework agreement which is the next step towards establishing Thaidene Nene as a protected area under the Canada National Parks Act. The community of Lutsel K’e has led this initiative to protect this culturally and ecologically unique area in the East Arm of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories, and looks forward to the jobs and economic opportunity this protected area will bring. The agreement was signed today Calgary by federal Minister of the Environment Jim Prentice and Lutsel K’e Chief Steve Nitah.
“This is a great day for Boreal conservation in the Northwest Territories. The Akaitcho Dene First Nations and the community of Lutsel K’e are working in partnership with Parks Canada to secure the ecological and cultural values of their territories for future generations,” stated Larry Innes, Executive Director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI). “We support them in their work and are delighted to celebrate this step forward.”
This framework agreement, which has advanced in parallel with studies on the feasibility of this area for protection, mineral value assessments and other related work, will facilitate moving the park establishment process forward on a very active track.
This area spans approximately 33,000 km2 in and around the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, the tenth largest lake in the world. The area spans the northern fringes of Canada’s Boreal forest. The region has been home to the Dene for at least 7000 years, and remains largely intact. The area has deep waters, dramatic cliffs and rivers, and the region is home to migrating caribou herds, barren ground grizzly bear, wood bison and internationally significant populations of resident and migratory bird species.
CBI is a partner in the Northwest Territories Protected Area Strategy, and is working with First Nations communities, Ducks Unlimited, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the federal and territorial governments to secure protection for ecological and cultural values in advance of major new developments.
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