LutselK’e Dene Vote Overwhelmingly in Support of Park

Members of the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation have ratified the establishment of Thaidene Nene through an almost unanimous show of hands on January 17th, 2019 through an  all-member referendum on February 18th, 2019.

88% of all ballots cast in the  referendum were in favour of establishing Thaidene Nene as a Park, with Indigenous Guardians as the main Rangers of the future park.

“The results of this ratification process clearly show that our people are fully behind the vision of our elders to protect Thaidene Nene forever. We are now moving forward as a community to ensure that our way of life will thrive into the future. We will exercise our responsibility to take care of this land and protect the way of life of our people, and work together with our government partners on nation-to-nation basis to welcome visitors to our lands,” said Chief Darryl Marlowe after the vote.

Fifteen years ago LutselK’e elders pushed for the protection of the heart of their territory. This ratification marks a significant milestone towards the achievement of this vision. The whole of Thaidene Nene  is about 26,376 square kilometres and will be designated by the Dene First Nation as a protected area under Denesuline Law.

Upon the signing of the Establishment Agreements, the core of Thaidene Nene will also be designated as a new National Park Reserve by the Government of Canada, with abutting areas designated as Protected Areas by the Government of the Northwest Territories.

(Groupe CNW/Parcs Canada)

With this ratification, the LutselK’e Dene membership authorizes its Chief and Council to sign Establishment Agreements with Canada and the GNWT to permanently protect Thaidene Nene under Denesuline, Federal, and Territorial law.



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Josh Campbell
Splash is back as the host of Denendeh Sunrise, CKLB's morning current affairs program. Campbell was mentored by longtime host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Josh, as he's known professionally by folks across the broadcast industry has worked for CBC North, CKRW the Rush in Yukon, and at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving north for his love of radio and Indigenous culture in 2007, Campbell graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program in Belleville, Ontario the traditional territory of the Tyendinaga Mohawks. Campbell is proud of his Scottish and Irish ancestry. He was born and raised along the Tobique River the home of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet Nation.

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