The Tłįchǫ Government has prepared the Tłįchǫ Land Use Plan, Tłįchǫ Wenek’e to assist in managing approximately 39,000km2 of Tłįchǫ Lands. The Tłįchǫ Wenek’e contains maps, policies, and text with the goal of protecting Tłįchǫ lands. Culture, heritage and way of life. The plan provides a guide for future development by outlining how Tłįchǫ lands will be protected and how activities and development on Tłįchǫ Lands should occur.
Tłįchǫ Wenek’e is meant to not only protect the land for its inherent worth and ecological integrity, but it is also equally important to protect the land in order to experience and learn Tłįchǫ History, the stories and legends that are all connected to the land. The TLUP serves to protect the transfer of knowledge to future generations, which requires the retention of the ability to experience the land, to learn place names, the stories and knowledge associated with it. A crucial difference between the Tłįchǫ Land Use Plan and other regional land use plans in the NWT is that the lands that are subject of the Tłįchǫ Land Use Plan have one owner The Tłįchǫ.
The Tłįchǫ Government will use the Tłįchǫ Land Use Plan to:
- Set out Land Protection Directives (policies) for the protection, management and use of Tłįchǫ Lands;
- Identify a process for the review of proposed developments or activities on Tłįchǫ Lands;
- Provide a basis for decision-making by the Tłįchǫ Government regarding the approval or denial of development proposals on Tłįchǫ Lands;
- Outline the role of outside agencies in contributing to Tłįchǫ decision-making on Tłįchǫ Lands; and
- Adapt to changing needs through regular reviews and public reporting of the Plan.