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CPAWS has helped protect over 40 million hectares of Canada's most treasured wild places while working closely with First Nations, government, industry and non-governmental organizations.

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Celebrate CPAWS-NWT’s 20th Anniversary!

Celebrate CPAWS-NWT’s 20th Anniversary!

2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Northwest Territories' Chapter of CPAWS - and we want you to celebrate with us! Top prize for this special contest is a Sony Action Cam HDR-AS200V with 64GB Micro SD from Roy's Audio Video! Learn more about Celebrate CPAWS-NWT’s 20th Anniversary!
Love the Land

Love the Land

CPAWS-NWT’s fifth annual Love the Land Photo Contest is now complete, winning photos have been selected, and the 2017 Love the Land Calendar is available! Learn more about Love the Land
Thaidene Nene

Thaidene Nene

Thaidene Nene (the Land of the Ancestors) is a proposed protected area around and beyond the shores of the East Arm of Great Slave Lake. It is a beautiful cultural landscape with rich wildlife populations and unique geography, and has been part of the homeland and a sacred place of the Lutsel K’e Denesuline for thousands of years. Learn more about Thaidene Nene
Boreal Caribou

Boreal Caribou

Boreal woodland caribou (known more simply as 'boreal caribou') are ecologically and culturally important in the NWT. They are a “signal” species, meaning their status reflects the health and biodiversity of the boreal forest ecosystem. In Canada, Boreal caribou are listed as a Threatened species, and there is reason to be concerned that their numbers in the NWT may drop significantly in the near future. Intense industrial development in neighbouring provinces Alberta and British Columbia (neither have regional land use plans or appropriate habitat protection in place) has left many local populations on the brink of survival. But there is hope. The NWT still has an opportunity to make critical resource management decisions that will secure the future of this species and the health of our boreal forest. Learn more about Boreal Caribou
Protected Area Initiatives in the NWT

Protected Area Initiatives in the NWT

CPAWS-NWT was a founding member of the NWT Protected Areas Strategy (PAS) and continues to support community driven initiatives that seek to establish a network of protected areas across the NWT that protect both natural and cultural values. Learn more about Protected Area Initiatives in the NWT
South Nahanni Watershed

South Nahanni Watershed

For more than 4 decades, protecting the South Nahanni Watershed has been vigorously supported locally, across Canada, and at the international level (Nahanni National Park Reserve became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978). CPAWS has been a champion for both Nááts’ihch’oh and Nahanni National Park Reserves, which protect a combined area of over 35 000km² of the South Nahanni Watershed. These protected areas encompass diverse landscapes, and provide habitat for a rich variety of vegetation and wildlife – unique for an area this far north. It is also home to some of the world’s finest karst formations. These fascinating limestone formations are full of caves, sinkholes, alvars, underground rivers and streams, springs, and sealed underground lakes. CPAWS-NWT continues to push for strengthened conservation of the South Nahanni watershed, and to continue to provide updates on the status of the land, water, and species that call the watershed home. Learn more about South Nahanni Watershed

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