The Dene Tha’ First Nation has long been connected to Bistcho Lake and the surrounding region.
Just as it’s an important ecological region, it continues today to be an important cultural, spiritual, and harvesting place for the community.
About Bistcho Lake
Bistcho Lake is known to Dene Tha’ as Mbecho. Many Elders point to Mbecho as an ancestral place to which all living Dene Tha’ have a connection.
Surrounding the lake, there are thousands of hectares of wetlands, peatlands, boreal forest and the most extensive undisturbed lacustrine habitat in Alberta.
Bistcho Guardians on CBC The National
The Bistcho woodland caribou herd is unlikely to be self-sustaining. Dene Tha’ First Nation and our Parters are determined to save this part of Dene Tha’ and Canadian cultural heritage. Dene Tha’ First Nation Land Guardians and our partners spoke to CBC about caribou monitoring at Bistcho Lake, and how Indigenous Knowledge is vital to their protection.
Click below to watch the CBC The National piece on Dene Tha’s efforts at Bistcho Lake.
Exciting News for Bistcho
This summer, Dene Tha’ First Nation and a myriad of partners travelled to Bistcho Lake to continue and expand our wildlife monitoring programs, engage in traditional activities, and discuss the future of the Bistcho Lake IPCA. To read about the trip from the perspective of some of our partners, click the buttons below!