The conservation and management of the Bistcho Lake region cannot wait until it is formally protected. Through ongoing monitoring, restoration and collaboration, the Dene Tha’ First Nation are committed to the stewardship of the land and water.
We monitor caribou and other wildlife in the Bistcho region with a network of remote cameras and evaluate their movements based on traditional knowledge of historical caribou movements in the region.
In March 2020, 30 cameras were deployed along the eastern side of Bistcho Lake. The locations were selected based on traditional knowledge of caribou’s historical behaviour and movements. More cameras will be added to the western side and beyond through collaboration with the provincial and territorial governments.
Recovery and management plans for the Bistcho herd should be informed by ongoing community-led monitoring and traditional knowledge of caribou movements and habitat use.
An Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area can formally conserve and protect Bistcho Lake. See how.