2005 Traditional Knowledge Studies in Kakisa
Principal Investigator: Povey, Andrew (93)
Licence Number: 13779
Organization: Mackenzie Project Environment Group
Licenced Year(s): 2005
Issued: Apr 11, 2005
Project Team: Jim Ross, Chris O'Neil, Chuck Hobart, Bruce Ramsay, Balijt Wadhwa

Objective(s): Imperial Oil Ventures Ltd., Aboriginal Pipeline Group, ConocoPhillips Canada (North) Limited, Shell Canada Limited, and ExxonMobil Canada Properties have conducted a number of baseline studies beginning in 2001. Local knowledge and technical/scientific research, in combination with a synthesis of existing technical information, is being used to develop a suitable knowledge base for planning, assessment of impacts and development of environmental protection plans. The key components will include collecting existing knowledge, gathering new knowledge and producing a report that will provide for the specific information needs of the Mackenzie Gas Project. The Mackenzie Project Environment Group will be subcontracting the Ka'a'gee Tu First Nation or other suitable community organization to collect and document traditional knowledge for this project. The Ka'a'gee Tu Traditional Knowledge Working Group will determine issues to be studied, determine study area boundaries, recommend methods for community participation, identify people who have traditional knowledge, and review the maps and reports produced during the study.

Project Description: This project is the initiation of traditional knowledge (TK) studies in the Kakisa area, discussions for which were initiated in 2003 as part of the baseline studies and assessment for the Mackenzie Gas Project. The study will involve gathering and reviewing documented and new knowledge related to climate, soil, water, vegetation, wildlife, birds, fish, historical/cultural/spiritual sites, human health, cumulative effects, and other relevant social, cultural and environmental concerns. Secondary sources will be used to identify TK information. A data gap assessment will be conducted after relevant secondary source information has been identified. If necessary, interviews with holders of TK (identified by the Ka'a'gee Tu Traditional Knowledge Working Group) will be conducted to fill data gaps. Confidentiality of all interviewees will be maintained and informed consent will be obtained. All data collected will be stored at the Ka'a'gee Tu First Nation and the Calgary offices of MPEG and Imperial Oil Resources. Local researchers and companies will participate in the project. Non-technical summaries and regular reporting will be provided to the community organizations.