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

    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...

    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...

    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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