Dınàgà Wek’èhodì is a Candidate Area under the Protected Areas Act in the northern portion of the north arm of Great Slave Lake. Currently, it has interim protection through a land withdrawal order under the Northwest Territories Land Act. This area is important for migratory birds and provides habitat for other birds, fish and wildlife, including species at risk. It is also an important area for YKDFN with many village, camp, and burial sites which must be protected.
Environment staff have had ongoing participating on the Dınàgà Wek’èhodì Working Group which has been taking a collaborative approach to park planning and using Healthy Country Planning which is a community-based planning approach that originated in Australia.
In June 2019 GNWT and YKDFN hosted a community meeting in Dettah for membership to learn about Dınàgà Wek’èhodì, ask questions about the process, and contribute information about the area.
One of the corner stones of the Dınàgà Wek’èhodì plan is to bring youth back to the area and learn how to use the area respectfully and take care of it for generations to come. In August of 2019 YKDFN Youth attended a youth gathering hosted at Old Fort Rae to speak and collaborate on the future of the area and what issues our youth would like to see addressed through this process.