Wildlife, Lands and Environment

MISSION STATEMENT

To encourage, support and celebrate traditional and healthy lifestyles in our community. We have a deep respect for the land, water, and animals and we believe in sustainable development.

ACTIVITIES

The Wildlife, Lands and Environment Department (WLED), with guidance from the Wildlife, Land and Environment Committee (WLEC), makes recommendations to the Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation’s Chief and Council on land, water, and animal stewardship; hunting, trapping, fishing and gathering; resource extraction applications, licenses and monitoring; and research.

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Community Caribou Hunt (Fall-time annually):

The WLED designed and delivers this program each winter to monitor the health of the barren-ground caribou herds. Łutsel K’e Caribou Monitors accompany caribou hunters within their traditional territory to ensure the caribou are respected and meat is not wasted. Łutsel K’e Caribou Monitors observe the health of the caribou herds and share their traditional knowledge with other community members and their knowledge is added to the Traditional Knowledge Archive.

Traditional Knowledge Archive:

The WLED is working on the development of a traditional knowledge archive. The traditional knowledge (TK) archive is a web-based program that provides community members, and other users that have been granted access, with access to the community’s traditional knowledge.

Being On the Land:

The WLED encourages and supports community members to be on the land through the allocation of gas and the sale of discounted equipment, such as fishing nets and traps.

Land Stewardship (Use) Planning :

Łutsel K’e is initiating a community-driven land-use planning process.

Environmental Impact Assessments:

Łutsel K’e participates is environmental, social, cultural, and economic impact assessment processes for proposed resource extraction projects that are located within their traditional territory.

Ni Hadi Xa :

Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation is one of the six parties involved in the environmental monitoring and management program for Gahcho Kue Diamond Mine located on and adjust to Kennedy Lake, NT – in Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation’s traditional territory. The Ni Hadi Xa program is unique from other mine monitoring programs in that Traditional Knowledge Monitors use and collect their traditional knowledge of the land, water and animals within the area of Gahcho Kue mine to monitor the environmental effects of the mining operations.

Research partnerships:

Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation has strong research partnerships with multiple universities. The community supports participatory, collaborative, action research that is mutually beneficial. Researchers are strongly encouraged to engage the community in all phases of the research project, beyond the data collection phase. If you are interested in conducting research with and for the Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation, please contact the WLED Manager. Researchers are required to obtain a research license from the Aurora Research Institute, in addition to ethics approval from a university.

Thaidene Nene – Protecting the Land of the Ancestors

The Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation and partners are advancing an initiative to foster ecological integrity, cultural continuity, and economic sustainability through permanent protection of 33,000 square kilometres. The area includes the waters of the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, the boreal forest and tundra in the homeland of the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation.

The Thaidene Nene vision is to build a sustainable future for the Lutsel K’e people by protecting nature’s beauty and balance of life, and by promoting the culture and special relationship with the land. We are committed to ensuring that Denesoline ways of knowing and doing can continue to be practiced for generations to come.