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.
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!
COP15: The UN Biodiversity Conference
Our team of technicians, Elders, and partners are at COP15! The UN Biodiversity Conference is the most significant conference on biodiversity in a decade, and we’re there this week to talk Bistcho Lake and IPCA’s. Stay tuned for the next couple days for a link to a CBC National piece on the conference.