Climate Change Impacts on Canadian Arctic Tundra Ecosystems - Metis Traditional Knowledge Study

Regions: North Slave Region

Tags: biology, climate change, traditional knowledge, Metis

Principal Investigator: Grieve, Sheryl (4)
Licence Number: 14362
Organization: North Slave Metis Alliance
Licenced Year(s): 2010 2009 2008 2007
Issued: Jun 25, 2008
Project Team: Claudia Haas (Biologist, North Slave Metis Alliance), Shannon Hayden (Traditional Knowledge, North Slave Metis Alliance)

Objective(s): The main objective of this project is to look at the effect of climate change on arctic tundra ecosystems using MTtis traditional knowledge on vegetation and terrain changes in the North Slave region.

Project Description: This license has been issued for the scientific research application #826.

The main objective of this project is to look at the effect of climate change on arctic tundra ecosystems using Métis traditional knowledge on vegetation and terrain changes in the North Slave region.

This study is a part of the IPY project, CiCAT. The investigators, using consultation with chosen elders and youth, will conduct scientific vegetation surveys, berry surveys, soil transects, scientific data collection (as per CiCAT protocols) as well as the recording and discussion of the elders’ traditional knowledge. Sites identified with a particular importance for climate change in the North Slave region, will be visited by the NSMA staff Biologist, the NSMA staff Anthropologist and these selected members. These sites will be visited once during peak growth (mid-July to mid-August) and once again during peak berry production (end of August to early September) for a minimum of 2 days. Post-fieldwork, further discussions will be held with NSMA members to discuss the results of the study and to determine any additional dissemination of results (e.g. publication).

In addition to this work, collaborators from other CiCAT projects working in the North Slave region (namely out of Daring Lake) will be meeting with NSMA researchers to discuss scientific methodology and incorporation of traditional knowledge.
Fieldwork will be conducted from June 25 to August 04, and August 22 to September 30, 2008.
The exact location of this research will be determined through community consultation, but it is projected that these locations will be in the Bathurst calving grounds and the base camp located out of Yellowknife.