Swimming against the mainstream: The NWT Aquatics Program in Whati, NWT

Regions: North Slave Region

Tags: social sciences, traditional knowledge, swimming

Principal Investigator: Giles, Audrey R. (17)
Licence Number: 14385
Organization: University of Ottawa
Licenced Year(s): 2008
Issued: Jul 09, 2008

Objective(s): The goal of this research is to document the history of the NWT Aquatics Program in Whati and to expand the understanding of Tlicho practices concerning water. This is being done with the aim of creating both documents and presentations that can decrease water-related fatalities and physical inactivity.

Project Description: The goal of this research is to document the history of the NWT Aquatics Program in Whati and to expand the understanding of Tlicho practices concerning water. This is being done with the aim of creating both documents and presentations that can decrease water-related fatalities and physical inactivity.

This research project will use semi-structured interviews and archival research to gain understanding of the role that Dene cultural knowledge can play in enhancing water safety and physical fitness in aquatic settings. Interviews will be conducted with a locally employed interpreter (as necessary) to gain much of this information. Participants will remain anonymous if they wish; however, they will be given the opportunity to allow for the use of their names in the consent form. These interviews will be digitally recorded, transcribed, and returned to the interviewees. It is anticipated that there will be about 20 human participants.

There will be an opportunity for the community to participate in various aspects of this research including: being a member of the local advisory committee, participating as an interviewee, and participating in the swimming and first aid training (that will be provided free of charge).
The fieldwork will be conducted from July 09 to August 29, 2008 in Whati.