Approximately 790 square-kilometers of the globally significant North Arm Great Slave Lake Important Bird Area have been proposed for protection as a National Wildlife Area by the Tlicho Government given the area’s eco-cultural importance for local Dene and Métis peoples. The area is home to at-risk woodland caribou, wolverine, wood bison and several birds, including globally significant numbers of migratory Rusty Blackbirds. This relatively shallow part of Great Slave Lake on the boundary of the Canadian Shield is dotted with rocky islands and lined with bays and shoreline wetlands, making it a superb migratory stopover point for waterbirds and a rich habitat for freshwater fish.

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