The Relationship of the Social Economy to Community Development and Park Creation: A Case Study of Lutsel K'e

Regions: South Slave Region

Tags: social sciences, economics, community development, national parks

Principal Investigator: Lemelin, Raynald Harve (1)
Licence Number: 14327
Organization: Lakehead University
Licenced Year(s): 2008
Issued: Apr 15, 2008
Project Team: Dr. Raynald Harvey Lemelin (Principal Investigator (Supervisor), Lakehead University - School of Outdoor Recreation), Dr. Margaret Johnston (Co-Investigator (Committee Member), Lakehead University - School of Outdoor Recreation), Stephen Ellis (Community Supervisor (Thaydene Nene Project Coordi, Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation), Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation (Community (Consultative Committee), Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation), Dr. Lesley Curthoys (Co-Investigator (Committee Member), Lakehead University - School of Outdoor Recreation), Nathan Bennett (Principal Researcher (Graduate Student), Lakehead University - School of Outdoor Recreation)

Objective(s): The purpose of this study is to examine the social, economic and environmental goals of Lutsel K'e related to the establishment of the East Arm National Park, and the role of the social economy in establishing community development directions.

Project Description: The purpose of this study is to examine the social, economic and environmental goals of Lutsel K'e related to the establishment of the East Arm National Park, and the role of the social economy in establishing community development directions. This research will provide information to guide LKDFN's capacity building initiatives and future community development.

All research will take place in Lutsel K'e using an appreciative inquiry guided qualitative research process, which will include the use of focus groups and interviews with community members. Interviews will be conducted with four individuals and two focus groups of eight (total 16 individuals) will be run. Data will be collected using digital audio recorders and notes will be taken.
Results will be communicated through a final report and community gathering. A copy of the final thesis will be given to the Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation. Throughout the process, the LKDFN will be consulted. A research assistant will be hired and trained.
Fieldwork will be conducted from April 15 to July 15, 2008 in Lutsel K'e, NWT.