Walter Bayha
Walter Bayha

Walter Bayha grew up on the land with his grandparents, learning the Dene traditions of Sahtú region (Great Bear Lake) in the Northwest Territories. Walter is currently Manager of Lands and Resources with the Délı̨nę Land Corporation, and a senior adviser to the Délı̨ne First Nation Chief on caribou issues and language programs. He is a founding member of the Learning Communities Network, oriented to understanding the role of communities in resource management. He is author of “Using Indigenous Stories in Caribou Co-Management” (Rangifer, 2012) and co-author of “’Our Responsibility to Keep the Land Alive’: Voices of Northern Indigenous Researchers” (Pimatisiwin, 2010).

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    Following the path of our grandparents: A community response to caribou decline in Délı̨nę

    The Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gotsę́ Nákedı (Sahtú Renewable Resources Board) will hold a hearing in Délı̨nę, Northwest Territories on March 1-3 to consider conservation measures for the Bluenose East caribou herd. This hearing will be unusual in that not one, but two proposals are being considered; the expected proposal from NWT Environment and Natural Resources, and Belarewı́lé Gots’ę́ Ɂekwę́, a proposal developed by the community of Delı̨nę. The latter is the first community caribou conservation plan in the Northwest Territories, possibly in all of Canada. The following is written by Walter Bayha, a community leader who was instrumental in developing the plan.

    When they were younger, my children sometimes complained about going out in the bush. They didn’t understand my grandfather, and why he was so happy on the land. I would say to them, “That is his home. Just like your home where there is everything you need, he has everything he needs on the land.”

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