Conservation Network Planning

Thaidene Nëné

The Thaidene Nëné (TDN) area is a beautiful cultural landscape with unique geography and rich wildlife populations, and encompasses a number of key ecological, cultural and recreational features including the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories (NWT). It is also rich in economic opportunities. Given its numerous values, an innovative northern approach to planning, conservation and management is being discussed for the area under consideration.

The proposed consultation boundary for the TDN area includes over 12,000 km2 for proposed territorial conservation designations. These lands are currently protected by territorial land withdrawals while future uses are being considered.  The TDN (federal and territorial combined) would increase total protection from 10% to 12% in the NWT and from 10% to 17% in the South Slave area.

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) invited stakeholder and public input until August 14, 2015 and held engagement sessions to discuss the proposed conservation areas. The GNWT met individually with stakeholders and interest holders and had evening public engagement sessions in Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Hay River, and Fort Resolution.  All meetings started with a presentation from the GNWT and then the floor was opened to any questions and comments.

Outcomes of the public engagement will be reported to the 18th Assembly.

Government of Canada interests in the TDN area can be found on the Parks Canada website.

Since April 1, 2014, following the devolution of responsibility for land, water, and resource management, the GNWT  has worked collaboratively with Parks Canada and interested Aboriginal governments on the establishment of Thaidene Nëné conservation areas.

​​News releases:

July 10, 2015  
GNWT to begin Thaidene Nëné Territorial Conservation Area engagement sessions

July 23, 2015
GNWT cites broad support for Thaidene Nëné