Visitors to Thaidene Nëné Territorial Protected Area

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — July 23, 2020

This summer, Northwest Territories (NWT) residents are encouraged to enjoy the lands and waters of Thaidene Nëné, an area on and around the East Arm of Great Slave Lake celebrated for its rich wildlife and cultural heritage.

Thaidene Nëné (thy-Den-ay nen-ay) Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) was established in August 2019 and includes the NWT’s first Territorial Protected Area, a National Park Reserve and a future wildlife conservation area. The lands and waters encompassed by the Thaidene Nëné IPA span the transition zone from boreal forest to tundra and provide important habitat for migratory barren-ground caribou, fish populations, waterfowl and birds of prey. The area also offers exceptional recreational opportunities, including boating, fishing and trekking, making it an excellent choice for a visit this summer.

If you are considering a trip to the Thaidene Nëné area, make sure you are aware of the requirements for the Territorial Protected Area and National Park Reserve.

For visitors to the Territorial Protected Area:

  • Thaidene Nëné Territorial Protected Area is managed by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation, Northwest Territory Métis Nation and Deninu Kųę́ First Nation. Visit the GNWT’s Thaidene Nëné webpage for the latest information to plan your trip, including registration and other visitor information. Please note that while registration is not required to visit the Territorial Protected Area this summer, it will be required in the future.
  • Territorial permit and licence requirements continue to apply within the Territorial Protected Area.

For visitors to the National Park Reserve:

  • Plan ahead by checking Parks Canada’s website for up-to-date information on visitor registration, Parks Canada fishing permits and other important requirements.


For all visitors, Łutsël K’é is the nearest community to Thaidene Nëné. The Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation requests that visitors refrain from entering the community at this time due to concerns related to COVID-19. Inquiries can be made to:

The GNWT is encouraging northerners to spend time outdoors or on the land as a way to reduce the risk of potential exposure to COVID-19. When travelling, you should always take steps to protect your health and safety. Check the GNWT’s COVID-19 website for current health information and respect public health advice. Caution is advised when travelling to remote areas. Be prepared, file a trip plan with friends, family or the appropriate authority, and have a plan in case of emergency.

Before you visit, please consult a map of the area to familiarize yourself with the boundaries, and plan your trip accordingly. 

For more about Thaidene Nëné and visiting the Territorial Protected Area, please contact: