Impact of Participation in the Wage Economy on Traditional Harvesting, Dietary Patterns and Social Networks in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: social sciences, traditional food, culture, economy, food sharing

Principal Investigator: Todd, Zoe SC (4)
Licence Number: 14298
Organization: University of Alberta
Licenced Year(s): 2009 2008
Issued: Feb 29, 2008
Project Team: Zoe Todd (Researcher, University of Alberta)

Objective(s): The purpose of this project is to understand how participation in the wage economy impacts time spent on the land, diet/consumption of country foods, and social networks for the sharing of country foods.

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to understand how participation in the wage economy impacts time spent on the land, diet/consumption of country foods, and social networks for the sharing of country foods. Findings will be used by communities to address social impacts of resource development in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region.

Interviews and surveys will be conducted with a random sample of 25-30 community members, male and female Inuvialuit Beneficiaries from the communities of Inuvik and Paulatuk, using semi directed interviews. The research will be carried out in collaboration with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, the Inuvik Hunters and Trappers Committee, and the Hamlet of Paulatuk. Controls will be employed for education, age, gender, and length of time residing in the community. Interviews will be audio-recorded with a digital recorder.

A research assistant will be hired in each community. Participants will be compensated for their interview time.
Data will be used for a Master’s Thesis and research publications. Raw research data will be the property of the partners, who would review any document to be made public and help determine if information is proprietary. A summary report and oral presentation of research will be provided. Plain language reports and educational materials will be produced and policy and planning tools created.
Fieldwork will be conducted from March 01 to May 31, 2008 in Inuvik and Paulatuk.