It’s our highway:’ Researchers, Indigenous guardians monitor lake ice in N.W.T. – CTV News

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April 30, 2023

LUTSEL K’E, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES – Iris Catholique says over the past two decades, she’s noticed the waters of Great Slave Lake surrounding Lutsel K’e, N.W.T., taking longer to freeze in the winter.

“In the past, the lake used to freeze by November, December and by early December, we’re able to travel through traditional trails and different small lakes between here and our traditional hunting grounds,” she said. “Now we can’t do that. We have to wait until after the lakes start to freeze in January.”

The ice is not as thick in some areas at it used to be, Catholique added, and people from the community also have to travel farther to find caribou and muskox.

Catholique is manager of Thaidene Nene, meaning “the land of the ancestors” in Denesuline Yati, an Indigenous protected area larger than 26,000 square kilometres on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake near Lutsel K’e.

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