Ejié Túé Ndáde (Buffalo Lake, River, and Trails)Last updated: April 2014
Ejié Túé Ndáde (Eh-jzhe-twé-in-DA-deh), or formerly Buffalo Lake, River, and Trails, is an area of approximately 2,177 km² that includes the western portion of Ejié Túé (Buffalo Lake) and Ejié Túé Dehé (Buffalo River), and lies within the southeastern corner of the Dehcho Region.
- Factsheet on Ejié Túé Ndáde including a map (full pdf | map pdf)
- Photo Gallery of Ejié Túé Ndáde (viewer)
- Postcard of Ejié Túé Ndáde (pdf)
Importance of Ejié Túé Ndáde
- The Ejié Túé Ndáde Candidate Protected Area provides significant habitat for moose, waterfowl, and fish spawning. The area is also rich in cultural history, containing a number of archaeological, spiritual, and culturally significant sites. These include numerous cabins and campsites, trap lines and trails, burial sites, and other sacred areas.
"[We] need this land to teach our children our culture and traditional living." (K’atł’odeeche First Nation member, 2006)
- The Government of the Northwest Territories is the sponsor of Ejié Túé Ndáde under the NWT Wildlife Act.
- Most of Ejié Túé Ndáde is temporarily protected through the Dehcho Interim Measures Agreement interim surface and subsurface land withdrawal which expires December 18 2015.
- A Working Group of surrounding communities, governments and stakeholders has been established. They oversee the documentation and assessment of the area's cultural, ecological and economic values and they are currently development recommendations to conserve, manage and protect those values.
- All assessments are complete.
- The Working Group will draft recommendations on designation, boundary and management of the area.
- The Working Group's draft Recommendations Report will be made available for public comment, then finalized by the Working Group.
Ejié Túé Ndáde Working Group Vision Statement
The Buffalo Lake (Ejie Túé), River (Ejie Túé Dehé) and Trails area has sustained people for generations and has enriched descendants of the Dene with beliefs, values, knowledge and skills. Rich in resources, the people have depended on this area for traditional harvesting activities and as a sanctuary for healing and spiritual celebration. By working together in harmony and by protecting the Buffalo Lake, River and Trails, we honour the sacred nature of the area for future generations.
- 2014 - Ejié Túé Ndáde | Ecological Assessment Phase 2 (pdf)
- 2012 - Ejié Túé Ndáde | Socio-Economic Assessment Phase 2-4 (pdf)
- 2011 - Ejié Túé Ndáde | Socio-Economic Assessment Phase 1 (pdf)
- 2011 - Ejié Túé Ndáde | Renewable Resources Assessment (pdf)
- 2008 - Ejié Túé Ndáde | Cultural Documentation for the K’atł’odeeche First Nation Phase 2 (contact the PAS Secretariat for more information)
- 2008 - Ejié Túé Ndáde | Non-Renewable Resource Assessment (full text pdf)
- 2007 - Ejié Túé Ndáde | Cultural Documentation for the K’atł’odeeche First Nation Phase 1 (contact the PAS Secretariat for more information)
- 2007 - Ejié Túé Ndáde | Ecological Assessment Phase 1 (summary pdf | full text pdf)
- 2007 - Ejié Túé Ndáde | Hydrocarbon Assessment Summary Report (link)
- 2010 - Ejié Túé Ndáde | Working Group Terms of Reference (pdf)
- More details on the working group can be found here.