Ts'ude niline Tu'eyetaLast updated: August 2016
Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta (Tsoo-den-ee-len Too-yuh-ta), or Ramparts River and Wetlands, is approximately 15,000km² of prime northern boreal forest. It is a rich cultural area that lies west of the Mackenzie River and the community of Fort Good Hope.
Importance of Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta
- Ts’ude niline Tu’eyeta is a sacred place and harvesting area of the Fort Good Hope Dene and Métis.
- For generations it has been used for trapping, hunting, fishing, and camping. It has many archaeological, burial and historic sites.
- The Ramparts River watershed is a critical wetland that filters millions of gallons of water per day. As a key migratory bird terrestrial habitat site, the wetlands provide excellent nesting, brood rearing and staging habitat for ducks, geese and loons. Six species at risk – peregrine falcon, grizzly bear, mountain caribou, wolverine, short-eared owl, and boreal woodland caribou – are also found within the Candidate Area.
Parents still take their children and grandchildren to the places in Ts’ude niline Tu’eyeta shown to them by their parents, and these young people learn the skills and stories of the older generations; the Candidate Protected Area has thus played a key role in the collective identity of the people of Fort Good Hope.
- In 2006, the Canadian Wildlife Service - Environment Canada sponsored Ts’ude niline Tu’eyeta as a Candidate Area.
- A working group was established in July 2007 and assessments of the area's values are complete.
- The Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta Working Group finalized their Recommendations Report in March 2012. The report includes recommendations on boundary, land administration and management regime. The recommended boundary is approximately 10,100km² and includes the area of highest ecological and cultural importance.
- A surface and subsurface interim land withdrawal exists for Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta until December 18, 2016. In addition, Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta is designated in the Sahtu Land Use Plan as a Proposed Conservation Initiative (Zone 65).
- In April 2013, the K'asho Got'ine District Land Corporation, on behalf of the K'asho Got'ine Dene Band and Métis, made an official request to Environment Canada to establish Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta as a National Wildlife Area based on the Working Group Recommendations Report.
- Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta is in Step 6 of the PAS process.
- Discussions continue on next steps for concluding the planning and decision making processes regarding the establishment of the Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta Candidate Area
Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta Vision Statement
Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta is a beautiful and spiritual place where wildlife is abundant. It is a place where younger generations learn about their culture and history. It has provided for the people and supported the traditions and way of life of the K'asho Got'ine Dene and Métis. Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta is a place protected from the impacts and long term effects of industrial development; where wildlife and their habitats are healthy; where Dene and Métis can hunt, fish and trap and live on the land as they have for generations; where sacred places and burial sites are preserved. The Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta National Wildlife Area will be managed to ensure the natural and cultural values of the area are protected and preserved for the benefit of future generations.
- 2011 - Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta | Socio-Economic Assessment Phase 2 (pdf)
- 2010 - Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta | Non-Renewable Resource Assessment Phase 2 (link)
- 2010 - Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta | Hydrocarbon Potential Final Report (pdf)
- 2009 - Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta | Socio-Economic Assessment Phase 1 (pdf)
- 2008 - Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta | Non-Renewable Resource Assessment Phase 1 - Minerals (link)
- 2007 - Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta | Ecological Assessment Phase 1 & 2 (summary pdf | full text pdf)
- 2007 - Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta | Non-Renewable Resource Assessment Phase 1 - Petroleum (summary pdf | link)
- 2007 - Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta | Cultural Documentation (contact the Conservation Planning staff for more information)
- 2007 - Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta | Hydrocarbon Potential Summary Report (pdf)
- 2006 - Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta | Draft Renewable Resource Assessment (pdf)
- 2012 - Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta | Working Group Final Recommendations Report (pdf)
- 2012 - Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta | Summary Newsletter (pdf)
- 2007 - Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta | Working Group Terms of Reference (pdf)
- 2006 - Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta | Interim Land Withdrawal Application Package (pdf)