Conservation Network Planning

Dinàgà Wek’èhodì

What is Dinàgà Wek'èhodì?

The Dinàgà Wek’èhodì (dee-na-ga wek-a-ho-dee) Candidate Area is an area of approximately 790 km2 in the northern portion of the north arm of Great Slave Lake and includes the mainland shoreline, numerous islands and the water of the lake itself.

Dinàgà Wek’èhodì has powerful historical, spiritual and cultural significance. It is a place of legends, sharing, teaching and learning.

The area is important for migratory birds and provides habitat for other birds, fish and wildlife, including species at risk. The rich flora and fauna are the foundation of this natural environment with many
harvesting and recreational opportunities.

Cooperative management of the protected area will ensure all people have the opportunity to respect and enjoy this unique area for generations.

Dinaga Wekehodi

Why is it important?

  • Dinàgà Wek'èhodì (formerly Kwets'ootł'àà) was identified for protection by the Tłįchǫ Government.
  • The area is culturally important to the Dene and Métis who have used the area for centuries for many activities, including hunting and fishing.
  • The area hosts several species at risk, including boreal woodland caribou, wood bison, wolverine, rusty blackbird, common nighthawk, barn swallow and short-eared owl.
  • Dinàgà Wek'èhodì is classified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) in Canada and is a key migratory bird site in the Northwest Territories, with large numbers of tundra swans, Canada geese and other waterfowl using it as a staging area.
  • Dinàgà Wek'èhodì contains Canada's northernmost recorded breeding range of Caspian and black terns.
  • Dinàgà Wek'èhodì is a popular area for fishing and hunting, outfitting, ecotourism and recreation.


  • 2010 - The Dinàgà Wek'èhodì Working Group was established.
  • 2016 - Assessments of the area's ecological, cultural and economic values have been completed and a work group report finalized.

Next steps

  • Collaborative discussions on the establishment of Dinàgà Wek'èhodì using territorial legislation are ongoing.
  • The GNWT is committed to working directly with Indigenous governments and organizations, key stakeholders and the public throughout the establishment process.

Map of the consultation boundary

Dinaga Wekehodi Candidate Area

Fact sheet