Parks Canada wants to know what you think about establishing a new National Park Reserve to protect Thaidene Nene – a magnificent landscape around the east arm of Great Slave Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories (NWT).

Deadline for input: October 21, 2016

You can help protect this very special place by sending a letter of support for this new park.

The national park reserve proposal is part of a world-leading protected area initiative that will see the spectacular heart of the homeland of the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation protected by both a national park reserve and adjacent territorial protected area, and be managed in partnership with the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation. This park initiative is an inspiring example of Indigenous leadership and of how conservation can contribute to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.


By writing a letter to the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation, Parks Canada, and the Government of the NWT you can help ensure that these proposed parks are completed, and decision-makers hear resounding support for this innovative conservation model that will protect Thaidene Nene’s ecological integrity and support cultural continuity and economic sustainability in the NWT. Learn more at:

Your voice matters in this process!

Please take a few moments to share your support for establishing Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve in the space below. Personalizing your letter will make it much more powerful. 

Want ideas for things to say in your letter?

  • I support this innovative partnership approach to northern conservation that will protect Thaidene Nene’s clean and clear lakes and rivers, healthy wildlife and special cultural places.
  • Thaidene Nene will help support a diverse and sustainable local economy based on tourism and conservation, and provide a chance for the LKDFN to promote and share their culture and special relationship with the land.
  • Once these parks are established I would be very interested in visiting this amazing northern homeland to experience it for myself.

If you are an NWT resident, please consider including the following points in your letter:

  • As an NWT resident, I support permanently protecting Thaidene Nene to conserve land, water, wildlife and culture, creating a big northern park for northerners that builds a sustainable local economy and creates jobs based on tourism and conservation.
  • I look forward to visiting Thaidene Nene once it is protected.

Visit for more information on Thaidene Nene and read Parks Canada’s FAQs about Thaidene Nene.

Your letter will be sent to:

  • The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  • Daniel Watson, CEO Parks Canada
  • Felix Lockhart, Chief of Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation
  • Darin Bagshaw, Conservation Areas Advisor, GNWT
  • Lee Montgomery, Manager Northern National Parks, Parks Canada

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