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.
All zones open on weekends (starting Saturday ONLY) from:
- 0700hrs March 25, 2023 to Monday 0700hrs March 27 and also open the following weekend
- 0700hrs Saturday, 1 April 2023, until 0700hrs Monday, 3 April 2023;
Access Committee Open Call for Candidates
Cold Lake First Nations’ Lands and Resources Department is seeking enthusiastic and knowledgeable CLFN members who care about their Community, the Land, and, their Treaty and Indigenous rights to sit on an advisory group called the Access Committee. The Access...
Caribou Community Working Group
Media Release Posts: Call for Candidates: Caribou Community Working Group Call for Cold Lake First Nations Volunteer Elders and Members to form a newly developed “Caribou Community Working Group” Working Group Overview The candidates of the working group will be...
Call for Candidates for Board Representation on the Lakeland Industry Community Association (LICA)
Cold Lake First Nations (CLFN) is currently seeking candidates to represent CLFN on the Board of the Lakeland Industry Community Association (LICA). LICA is a community-based not-for-profit association that involves members of Industry and other stakeholders in the...
Public Lands Camping Pass
Following engagement with the public, stakeholders, and Indigenous peoples on sustainable outdoor recreation between November 2020 and January 2021, the Government of Alberta announced its intention to introduce a Public Lands Camping Pass for the Eastern Slopes area...
Councilor Gina Russell meets with Federal Minister of Justice May 17, 2021
On Monday May 17th 2020 Councilor Gina Russell attended an online pre-announcement meeting with the Federal Minister of Justice, David Lametti in relation to the Call to Action 50 Funding (https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/fund-fina/jsp-sjp/pfo-pfc.html) whereby Cold Lake...
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:
c/o Nicole Nicholls, Consultation Manager
Email: with cc to
PO Box 389
Cold Lake, AB T9M 1P1
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.