That means “old spruce” in the Dane-za language.

This area is one of the few areas left where Doig River members can exercise their Treaty and Aboriginal rights.

The declaration was determined necessary to protect the area from the impacts of oil and gas development as well as forestry. Its use will be monitored using an Ecosystem-Based Management Plan developed with Silva Ecosystems.

Doig River councillor Gerry Attachie says the area has been sacred for generations. He says it “contains the place that never burned” as there are very old trees there that have survived forest fires.

There are also several areas within the K’ih tsaa?dze identified as potential reserve lands to be obtained through its Treaty Land Entitlement negotiations. The management plan argues that the land surrounding the possible reserves must be protected or they become worthless.