Saoyú and Ɂehdacho are two large peninsulas on Great Bear Lake just south of the Arctic Circle. Every summer, Délįne residents gather in Saoyú Ɂehdacho NHS to practice traditional skills out on the land and share them with younger community members during the annual Knowledge Camp organized by the Deline Land Corporation in collaboration with Parks Canada. It’s out here that the connections between the land, the water and the people are strongest.
The 5,565 km2 site is cooperatively managed by the Délįnę Land Corporation and the Délįnę Renewable Resources Council, together with Parks Canada. The elders of Délįnę say that the protection of Saoyú and Ɂehdacho is a responsibility given to the Sahtúgot’įnę by their ancestors. The sites feature trails, portages, gravesites and campsites that are landmarks of how this land has been used for generations as people travelled from one place to another in their struggles to survive.