Borders for Nahanni Park proposed

Parks Canada is holding an open house on the proposed expansion of Nahanni Park on the Yukon’s border with the Northwest Territories border on Wednesday.

Parks Canada is holding an open house on the proposed expansion of Nahanni Park on the Yukon’s border with the Northwest Territories border on Wednesday.

Ottawa announced plans to enlarge the existing park and protect most of the South Nahanni River watershed last July.

The expansions consists of two parts; a southern section in the traditional territory of the Dehcho First Nation and a northern park protecting the South Nahanni headwaters in the Sahtu First Nation territory.

After lengthy negotiations with the Sahtu, Parks Canada is releasing three border proposals and is seeking public comment.

The park will border the Yukon and cut close to the Cantung mine, a tungsten mine that is currently on hold due to depressed metal prices.

The open house on the Sahtu section of the park, called Naats’ihch’oh, will be held in conference room three at the Westmark Hotel from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

Maps of the proposed boundaries and forms to file your opinion will be available.