Translated as “land of the ancestors” from the local Denesuline language, this proposed 30,000-square-kilometre national park reserve spans the abrupt transition from boreal forest to tundra around the East Arm of Great Slave Lake. Dramatic cliffs and islands, canyons in the Lockhart River and Tyrrell Falls are just some of the rugged and scenic wilderness within the proposed boundaries. But Thaidene Nene is about more than just the land. It is the Lutsel K’e Dene homeland, where ancestors laid down the foundations of the Denesuline way of life – and it continues to provide local livelihoods and strong cultural traditions. It is a sacred place that, once you have visited, never leaves you.
(Picture is from the upper part of Snowdrift River)