Cooperatively managed by the Dene Tha’ First Nation and the Government of Alberta, the Bistcho IPCA is a Canadian leader in the collaborative management of protected places. Management of the park recognizes and respects the rights of the Dene Tha’ First Nation and prioritizes the protection of both cultural heritage and ecological integrity.
The Dene Tha’ are involved in all stages of management planning and Traditional Knowledge continues to inform adaptive management practices. Dene Tha’ First Nation continue their traditional practices on the land and freely exercise their Treaty rights. Community members are employed as Indigenous Guardians to undertake adaptative co-management plan implementation activities towards land and water stewardship and monitoring. Youth, elders and harvesters have many opportunities to foster deeper connections with their ancestral lands and with other land users.