In September, a delegation from Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation came to Parliament Hill for a reception in honour of their homeland in which they want to protect in a national park reserve. Thaidene Nene, meaning Land of the Ancestors, is a spectacular boreal and tundra landscape rich in culture and wildlife, located along the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, NWT.
I grew up as an urban kid. I knew the concrete jungle well. But my parents were from a remote part of northern New Brunswick, and I had the chance to visit my family at Baker Lake every summer and a few other times throughout the year.
Here's a peek into how Baker Lake began my journey into conservation.
I shouldn’t be surprised that Nik Lopouhkine has won the prestigious international Fred Packard Award for Outstanding Service as a result of his lifetime of contributions to conservation on a global scale. It is, nevertheless, a huge honour for this highly regarded leader to be recognized by peers from around the world for his work. CPAWS is thrilled to have Nik on our National Board of Trustees over the last few years and he’s also recently worked alongside our Ottawa-Valley chapter as part of his continued post-retirement work.
As the governments of Canada and NWT work to establish a combined national and territorial park on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, a group of residents from Wakefield, Quebec, embark on the first leg of a cultural exchange with the Lutsel K’e community. The Wakefield community is hoping to provide support to these future park stewards, as well as create an ongoing relationship between the two communities.
The following is a blog post from Heidi Honegger, one of the 15 Wakefield residents on the cultural exchange.
Eric has been CPAWS’ National Executive Director since April 2009. He was previously Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer for one of Canada’s major political parties. Éric is fluently bilingual, a graduate of Concordia...