The community of Lutsel K’e, NWT, located approximately 200 km east of Yellowknife on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, could potentially become the gateway to what is often called the East Arm National Park (EANP) or Thaidene Nene (Dene for “The Land of our Ancestors”). The Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation (LDFN), the local governance organization whose “fundamental mandate is to provide for the social, cultural, environmental and economic well-being of its members”, want to take a proactive and participatory approach in determining social, economic and environmental outcomes in relation to the park’s creation. The LDFN has questions about what the community’s role will be in the newly created park and what future directions community development and capacity building should take.

As the result of a previous relationship with the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism at Lakehead University, the LDFN solicited graduate support in answering their questions. This website outlines a collaborative research process that engages Nathan Bennett and Dr Harvey Lemelin of Lakehead University alongside the Thaidene Nene Working Group and Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation. This research focuses on capacity building and community development preferences in the community related to the park and the place of various organizations, including local, external and social economy organizations, in achieving development objectives.

As the project proceeds, reports and results of the project, as well as any resultant publications or presentations, will be posted to this website. Project updates will also be posted here on a monthly basis.