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A mandate has been signed for the proposed NWT Indigenous Protected Area

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The government of Deninu Kųę́ First Nation and Fort Resolution Métis has announced a mandate for a proposed new protected area.

In a news release Thursday, Indigenous governments said the signing of the document is “a huge step forward” in the development of the Slave/Taltson Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area.

The terms will guide a commission’s work on an integrated plan for the Slave River delta and Taltson watershed.

“This committee is something our great-grandparents always wanted us to do, to work together,” Chief Louis Balsillie of the Deninu Kųę́ First Nation said in a statement.

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“We are finally making this possible.”

The committee will rely on input from community members, land users, elders and youth. His work includes selecting a study area, identifying where and how the research will take place, protecting important cultural sites, and identifying conservation-based economic opportunities.

The purpose of the proposed Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area is to “protect all living things, land, water and the environment to promote the social, cultural and economic well-being” of members of Indigenous communities.

The governments said the area of ​​their traditional territory is an important habitat for species such as ducks, fish, beavers, moose and muskrats.

Existing Indigenous Protected Areas in the NWT include Thaidene Nëné, Edéhzhíe in the Dehcho and Ts’udé Nilįné Tuyeta west of Fort Good Hope.