Biosphere reserves and Indigenous-led strategies to safeguard sacred territories, traditional ways of life, and sustainable land use: Stories and insights from the Tsá Tué Biosphere Reserve in Canada
The Tsá Tué Biosphere Reserve is located in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The area is the homeland of the Sahtuto’ine, the ‘Bear Lake People’. It encompasses Great Bear Lake, the last pristine arctic lake, and part of its watershed. Sahtuto’ine culture is intricately tied to the health of the lake, its watershed and the animals that inhabit it. As such, maintenance of the ecological integrity of Great Bear Lake and its watershed is of primary importance to the Sahtuto’ine people.
Four representatives from the Sahtúot'ine Dene community will share their insights and stories during this event, which is organized with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) and Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems programme (UNESCO-LINKS).
This sharing will take place on Monday, 3 April 2017, at 10:00 am in Room XI in the presence of Mrs Elaine Ayotte, Canadian Ambassador to UNESCO, and Mrs Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General.