Preserving Denesułine Culture, Land Use, and Traditional Ways

Lands and Resources

Cold Lake First Nations Lands and Resources Department is responsible for protecting Denesuline Indigenous, Treaty, and Aboriginal Rights, to preserve Denesuline Culture, Land Use and Traditional Ways. We ensure stewardship by engaging members in consultation and land use planning, improving relationships and understanding with stakeholders, and upholding CLFN’ “A livelihood for a livelihood” philosophy. In so doing, the Department actively facilitates relationships with the Crown, Industry proponents, the Nation and other parties on matters related to resource management and decision-making within Denne Ni Nenne.  The Department’s work involves carrying out due diligence in regulatory and Crown consultation processes; ensuring that Denesuline knowledge is respected and considered in land and resource management; upholding and negotiating impact benefit agreements with Industry; supporting economic and business development; and supporting the increased capacity of the Nation and community members to participate in land and resource management, decision-making and development.

The Lands and Resources Department was recently restructured from the Consultation Department in order broaden its scope from just consultation. Lands and resources still handles all of the formal consultation processes that the nation engages on with both industry and government. In these processes, the department often works with members who are directly impacted by development and with land users to ensure that it is able to effectively communicate the impacts that decisions may have on people.

Lands and resources also contains the 4 Wing Liaison role where we work closely with DND on issues related to the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range. Our records management office keeps copies of all correspondence with industry and government as well as manages all of the Traditional Land Use information collected over time by CLFN. With it’s new broader focus, the department is looking at new strategies such as forest management plans to achieve the Nation’s goals. In addition, it works proactively on issues such as Climate change to maximize benefit for the nation through grants and programs available from outside entities.

Cold Lake Air Weapons Range (CLAWR) Updates

Access is available to all Cold Lake First Nations members, orientation through the Lands and Resources department is required.

Complete the online orientation form here:


CLAWR Policy Manual
Pets on the CLAWR
Hunting Regulations

    Current Projects

    Advisory Committees and Field Visit Open Call

    Media Release Posts: Call for Candidates: Advisory Groups and Field visits   Cold Lake First Nations’ Lands and Resources Department is seeking enthusiastic and knowledgeable CLFN members who care about their Community, the Land, and Treaty and Indigenous rights...

    CLFNS Access to Imperial’s Cold Lake Lease

    The Lands and Resources Department is aware of access issues in the Imperial Lease. All CLFN members are permitted to access the lease at any time for activities including hunting and other cultural land uses. The lease is outlined in black on the map below. If you...

    Information from Imperial on Landfill and Lagoon Management

    Imperial is sharing information regarding management of landfill and lagoons at the Cold Lake Operation, following an inquiry made by Cold Lake First Nations (CLFN). This information includes recent data samples that show increasing trends in chloride concentrations...

    Drilling Rig Move

    Notice to Community Drilling Rig Activity I.R. 149 Please be advised that a drilling rig will be moving on to I.R. 149 (“Le Goff”) early next week, most likely on Monday, June 5, to an existing well pad at 06-15-061-02W4M. The rig will enter the south side of I.R. 149...

    Notice to Membership

    Please be advised that Chief and Council has learned of concerning groundwater contamination in our traditional lands. The groundwater contamination is present in the following locations: - Section 23 – Township 66 – Range 3 – W4M - Section 33 – Township 64 – Range 3...

    For Proponents

    Trigger for Consultation
    CLFN expects that consultation will occur on any activity that could impact the Treaty, Aboriginal and/or Indigenous Rights of its members whether or not such an activity is inside or outside of Denne Ni Nenne.

    CLFN’s Contact Information for Consultation is: 

    Access Committee
    c/o Nicole Nicholls, Consultation Manager
    Email: with cc to
    PO Box 389
    Cold Lake, AB T9M 1P1
    Office: 780-594-7183
    Cell: 780-815-1647

    Upon notification, please provide one email per FNC notification with the following information attached, at minimum:

      • Zipped shapefiles specific to the FNC (i.e., one zipped shapefile per FNC, containing ONLY the activities under that FNC)
      • Project description for the activity
      • A map specific to the activity

    The Subject line for a FNC notification email should contain the FNC number and a unique and distinguishable name for the proposed activity that can be utilized consistently in communications throughout the consultation process for that FNC.

    The Lands and Resources Department will review information received upon Notification and identify whether further information is required from the proponent.

    Contact Us

    Cold Lake First Nations Administration

    P.O. Box 1769 | Cold Lake, AB | T9M 1P4
    Phone: 780-594-7183 | Fax: 780-594-3577

    Cold Lake First Nations Health Center

    Box 8100| Cold Lake, AB | T9M 1N1
    Phone: 780-594-2473
    Confidential Fax: 587-840-6336

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