Thaidene Nëné, the “Land of the Ancestors”, located in Northwest Territories was designated as an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) on August 21, 2019. The Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation and the National and Provincial governments worked together to permanently protect this enormous, wild landscape This designation is significant for many reasons, including:
- This IPA represents a co-governance model, a historic new partnership between Indigenous, provincial and national governments to protect natural and cultural heritage.
- This IPA supports unique local economic development for the Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation.
- This IPA surrounds the east arm of Great Slave Lake, the deepest freshwater source in North America.
- This place is home to grizzly bears, moose, muskox, and barren ground caribou.