Phase 1 – What is your vision for Nahanni?

Update December 30, 2009:

Several participants suggested that the wilderness values of Nahanni were important to capture in the vision. The planning team has revised the draft park vision based on the first phase of consultations and a recognition that the initial draft was too long and repetitive.

Original question (posted November 23, 2009):

A vision for Nahanni National Park Reserve is a key element of the management plan. The vision should paint an inspiring picture of the future desired sate of the park. How would you describe the special character of Nahanni? The planning team has developed a draft vision statement. Do you see yourself in this vision? Do you have any suggestions?

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Laani – Parks Canada Comment 1


12:37pm, 25 November 2009

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Travelling through the land of the Nahʔą Dene, who have lived on this land since time immemorial, local legends excite the imagination. Dene culture, so intimately linked to the ecology of Nahʔą Dehé, is respected. A moment of solitude brings a humbling realization of size amongst the immense walls of First Canyon and the thundering power of Náįlįcho.


The Creator of the Dene blessed Dehcho elders with the foresight to protect the life sustaining waters of Nahʔą Dehé, a place of mystery, spirituality and healing. Protecting the flowing water, rhythms of the earth and the way of animals respects equality with the land and all living things. Dene are inseparable from the land. Cultural practices and traditional subsistence harvesting are integral and sustainable parts of the ecosystem, occurring in accordance with Dene laws and principles.


Nahʔą Dehé protects a wilderness watershed in the Mackenzie Mountains where natural processes such as fires and floods are the dominant forces shaping the land. Special features of the park, and cultural and spiritual sites are preserved. Naturally-occurring plant communities flourish and native animal species, including woodland caribou and grizzly bears thrive.


Nahanni National Park Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a model of cooperative management with Dehcho First Nations where ecological and cultural integrity is protected, wilderness experiences and enjoyment is encouraged.


Nahʔą Dehé serves as a national long-term ecological research and monitoring site, and promotes excellence in the conduct of science and cooperative resource protection. Communities, volunteers and stakeholders continue to be actively engaged in the collaborative protection and presentation of Nahʔą Dehé, ensuring respect for the land continues into future generations.


Visitors have diverse, world-class opportunities to experience and learn about the natural and cultural heritage of Nahʔą Dehé. Flying into the park, range after range of rocky peaks, vast plateaux and canyons hundreds of metres deep unfold below the wings. Once on the ground, watchful eyes may catch a glimpse of wildlife: a bear passing in the bush, moose browsing at the side of pond, or Dall’s sheep leaping nimbly on rocky hillsides. Day after day, paddlers explore ever changing currents, rewarded near the end of their journey with hotsprings to relax their aching muscles.


Nahʔą Dehé will touch and inspire people who may never dip their paddles in the waters of this Canadian Heritage River, climb the rough granite rock walls or fly into this remote watershed. Nahʔą Dehé is in the hearts and minds of all Canadians.



This draft builds on the one presented in the 2004 management plan which eloquently provided direction for management, partnerships, traditional use and ecological integrity. The 2004 vision was deeply rooted in the ecology of the land. We’ve tried to make the revised vision broader in scope, including the expansion area and capturing important heritage values, Dehcho First Nations’ vision and Parks Canada’s integrated mandate.

Tom N Comment 1.1

1:11pm, 30 November 2009

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It is difficult to identify with some of these visions when I don’t know how to pronounce the Dene names and terms. I have to leave them blank when I read the paragraphs. Is there any way to help me with the pronounciation – an sound file or something?

Laani – Parks Canada Comment 1.1.1


2:19pm, 8 December 2009

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Great idea Tom. We’re checking with our new media group about the technology to get sound on our website.

For now,

Náįlįcho = Nye-lee-ho or Nye-lee-cho (depending on the dialect)

Nahʔą Dehé = Nahh-aa Day

Seen Alot Comment 2

12:42pm, 1 December 2009

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We need more than encouragement of wilderness. This park and its inhabitants deserve wilderness protection.

Laani – Parks Canada Comment 2.1


2:23pm, 8 December 2009

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98% of the original park is designated as wilderness in the Canada National Park Act. Research is on-going in the expansion are to determine sensitive areas and zoning options. Wilderness is definitely an important element for Nahanni.

boreal Comment 3

8:17pm, 1 December 2009

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Please keep it wild, natural, and healthy. A place to respect and appreciate the power and beauty of Creation.

Rob Evans-Toronto-Canada Comment 4

9:18pm, 25 December 2009

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Please leave the Nahanni River as a wilderness site. No outboatmotors and only canoes or fafts. There shoud be no daily fly-ins to see Victoria Falls. The name of the falls commes from an American explorer who named it after his daughter. It shoud be changed to a Dene name or after Prem. Trudeu who paddled down the river by canoe and had it made a national park when he got back to Ottawa.