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Articles by Erica Janes

Erica earned her B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Victoria. An indigenous northerner, she has worked as a naturalist and heritage interpreter and forestry research technician in coastal BC, but chose to return to the boreal forest in 2003. She has dedicated her time to conservation in the NWT with CPAWS since 2005, and spends as much of her time as possible exploring the wild places near Yellowknife with her young family.

Thaidene Nene: A short history


Protecting nature and a way of life in the NWT -- CPAWS is bringing the story of an innovative effort to protect a special part of the Northwest Territories, and the culture and traditions of a small and remote First Nation to our supporters far and wide. This is a tale about the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation (LKDFN) and their inspiring work to protect their vast and ecologically unique traditional homeland around and beyond the shores of the East Arm of Great Slave Lake.

Happy National Aboriginal Day!


June 21st is a day of celebration across Canada, and here in the NWT it is especially charged with the energy of very long days and that special quality of light found nowhere else. National Aboriginal Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the NWT’s predominantly Aboriginal communities. In the realm of conserving the natural and cultural values of our territory, there is both much to celebrate, and much yet to be done.

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