At the eastern end of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories, the proposed Thaidene Nëné national park reserve is part of a larger group of proposed protected areas around the East Arm and Artillery Lake regions. Thaidene Nëné is a culturally rich area, including the traditional and present-day hunting, fishing, gathering and spiritual areas used by various Aboriginal peoples.
It covers an area of approximately 33,000 km² (12,741 sq mi), which is larger than Belgium.
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Thaidene Nëné means ‘Land of the Ancestors’ in the Dënesųłiné—or Chipewyan—language. The Łutsël K'e Dene First Nation (ŁKDFN) consider Thaidene Nëné to be the ‘heart of the homeland’ and a sacred place. Thaidene Nëné has long been an important cultural area for the people of Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation and their ancestors as described in their vision. The Northwest Territory Métis Nation also has long standing ties to the Thaidene Nëné area as do other Aboriginal groups.
The Thaidene Nëné area was first visited by Europeans in the early 1800s, explored for northern travel and trade corridors including the route used to access the tundra from Great Slave Lake, now known as Pike’s Portage. The remains of Fort Reliance, which served as a base in searches for the missing John Ross expedition and later the missing Sir John Franklin expedition, is also in the proposed national park reserve. Fort Reliance is designated as a national historic site and ad a territorial historic site.
The proposed Thaidene Nëné national park reserve has a dramatic transition from the boreal forest of the Taiga Shield to above tree-line in the southern Arctic tundra. It is an outstanding example of the Northwestern Boreal Uplands Natural Region.
The Thaidene Nëné area is characterized by lakes, rivers and waterfalls, a striking archipelago of islands, peninsulas, landscape formations shaped by ancient ice sheets, dramatic red granite cliffs, a variety of climates, soils and ecosystem processes.
Flora and fauna
The vegetation varies from open woodlands and forests carpeted with mosses and shrubs, to lichen-covered tundra with occasional clumps of low-growing plants.
This diverse ecological region is also home to many boreal and tundra mammals such as barren-ground caribou, moose, muskox, grey wolf, black and grizzly bear, red and Arctic fox, lynx, wolverine, otter, beaver, muskrat, and many species of birds and fish.
Fees and permits
There are no fees or permits required.
Visitors and local residents use the area for boating, camping, fishing, berry picking and hiking.
Exploring Fort Reliance National Historic Site/Old Fort Reliance Territorial Historic Site at the mouth of the Lockhart River; hiking up to Tyrrell Falls and learning about the traditional village site known as Kaché with Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation’s Ni hat’ni Dene Watchers of the Land Program; boating through The Gap into Wildbread Bay; and fishing in Christie Bay, the deepest fresh water body in North America, home of huge lake trout.