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Territorial Government supports Jean Marie River First Nation effort to conserve Lue Túé Sulái

Yellowknife - The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Northwest Territories Chapter (CPAWS NWT) congratulates the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) for accepting sponsorship of Lue Túé Sulái, a proposed protected area also known as Five Fish Lakes.

This area was requested for protection by the Jean Marie River First Nation for its cultural significance. Located southwest of the community of Jean Marie River in the Dehcho region, the proposed cultural conservation area could protect 180 km2 of habitat for several species of fish, wildlife, ducks and medicinal plants and is an important area for woodland caribou movement. There are also several traditional trails, burial sites, and stories associated with the area.

The Jean Marie River First Nation submitted a sponsorship proposal to ITI in November of 2009 through the NWT Protected Areas Strategy (PAS) process. The next step towards protection will be the formation of a working group which will make recommendations as to how the land will be protected and managed.

“This exciting announcement acknowledges that the Protected Areas Strategy is an important tool for NWT communities committed to identifying areas that are worthy of protecting because of their cultural and ecological value.” said Kris Brekke, CPAWS NWT Executive Director.


CPAWS NWT is a member of the PAS steering committee and continues to support communities such as the Jean Marie River First Nation as they work through the PAS process.

Based in Yellowknife, CPAWS NWT works to conserve the land, water and wildlife in the NWT for current and future generations by working with NWT residents, governments, communities and organizations.  

For more information contact:
Kris Brekke
Executive Director
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
Northwest Territories Chapter
867-873-9893 ext 24