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. The department achieves this by managing the Nation’s legal duty to consultation relationship with government, industry, public entities and external stakeholders; ensuring that traditional knowledge is respected and considered in the management of land-resources; upholding and negotiating impact benefit agreements with industry, and supporting economic and business development.

Department Purpose

  • Protection of Denesułine’ Indigenous, Treaty and Section 35 Rights
  • Preserve Denesułine Cultural, Land Use and Traditional Ways
  • Ensure Dene Ni Nenne Stewardship
  • Ensure Denesułine Involvement in and Land Development Activities within Dene Ni Nenne
  • Improve Relationships and Understanding among Entities involved with Dene Ni Nenne
  • Uphold CLFN’ “A livelihood for a livelihood” philosophy

Department Goals 

Renew Agreements and Implementation Methods
  • Support on engaging Department of National Defense, Assistant Deputy Minister Infrastructure and Environment (ADMIE) and 4 Wing Cold Lake to renew and enhance the Access Agreement
  • Support an new Agreement with Imperial Oil Resources
  • Develop a Resource Revenue proposal for Dene Ni Nenne
  • Support the development of draft position papers for Consultation and Accommodation, Water, Wildlife (Caribou), Climate Change and Resource Revenue Sharing.
  • Support the CLFN Economic Plan that includes tourism and the development of the business trust
Development a Dene Ni Nenne Management Plan
  • Develop a Land Management Framework for lands off reserve but within the traditional territory. This may include:
    • Avoidance and Removal of available Land Base Map and Process
    • Access Management Plan
    • Parks and Recreation Area Plan
    • Wildlife Mitigation and Management Plan
    • Water Resources Management Plan and Policy
    • Cultural Heritage Resources Management Plan
    • Reclamation and Restoration Plan and Policy
    • Spill / Incident Response Protocol
    • Community Based Monitoring Plan
    • Forest Management Plan
  • Develop a Land Management Plan and Policy for Reserve Lands 149 (LeGoff), 149a (Little Cold Lake), 149b (English Bay) and 149c
Support the Treaty Implementation Plan
  • Re-develop the “Consultation Protocol”, “Access Committee Protocol” and associated “Consultation Agreement” that will include a long term integrated vision, goals that will support the Treaty Implementation Plan. This may include:
    • Enhanced Consultation Process and,
    • Impact Management and Monitoring Plan
    • Socio-Economic and Environment Analysis Matrix
    • Web-Based Records and Management
    • Knowledge and Information Sharing Agreement
  • Support a legal challenge for a rights based approach to water.
Enhance Traditional Land Use and Department Capacity
  • Develop and implement an Indigenous Guardian Program (name of program subject to change) that will be the start of a centralized approach to a long term solution for capacity for the Lands and Resource Department.
  • Develop a base camp area in the CLAW


    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.

    Contact Us

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

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