The Tłı̨chǫ Government has prepared the Tłı̨chǫ Land Use Plan, Tłı̨chǫ Wenek’e to assist in managing approximately 39,000km2 of Tłı̨chǫ Lands. The Tłı̨chǫ Wenek’e contains maps, policies, and text with the goal of protecting Tłı̨chǫ lands. Culture, heritage and way of life. The plan provides a guide for future development by outlining how Tłı̨chǫ lands will be protected and how activities and development on Tłı̨chǫ Lands should occur.
Tłı̨chǫ 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 Tłı̨chǫ 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 Tłı̨chǫ Land Use Plan and other regional land use plans in the NWT is that the lands that are subject of the Tłı̨chǫ Land Use Plan have one owner The Tłı̨chǫ.
The Tłı̨chǫ Government will use the Tłı̨chǫ Land Use Plan to:
- Set out Land Protection Directives (policies) for the protection, management and use of Tłı̨chǫ Lands;
- Identify a process for the review of proposed developments or activities on Tłı̨chǫ Lands;
- Provide a basis for decision-making by the Tłı̨chǫ Government regarding the approval or denial of development proposals on Tłı̨chǫ Lands;
- Outline the role of outside agencies in contributing to Tłįchǫ decision-making on Tłı̨chǫ Lands; and
- Adapt to changing needs through regular reviews and public reporting of the Plan.