This week I was happy to have Clara Hughes join us on the Hill to celebrate work on the Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve in the North West Territories. Below is a little background information from Parks Canada.
Proposed Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve
In 2010, Canada and the Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation committed to negotiate a park agreement for the establishment of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve at the eastern end of Great Slave Lake. Parks Canada is also working with the Northwest Territory Métis Nation. An area of great cultural and historical importance, the park study area of over 30,000 km2 includes the dramatic cliffs and islands of the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, with the deepest freshwater in North America, the Lockhart River’s canyons, and Tyrrell Falls. This rugged and scenic wilderness spans an abrupt transition from boreal forest to tundra environment, and is home to barrenground caribou and muskoxen as well as forest dwellers such as black bears and moose.
“Thaidene Nene” means “land of our ancestors” in Chipewyan, one of the languages of the people of the North.
“Thaidene Nene is part of our homeland where our ancestors laid down the foundations of our way of life.”
Former Chief Nitah, Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation