Developing Options for Community-based Protocols to Detect Invasive Alien Plants and Insects in the Northwest Territories

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Sahtu Settlement Area, Dehcho Region

Tags: social sciences, community development, plants, insects

Principal Investigator: Bazely, Dawn R (1)
Licence Number: 14428
Organization: York University
Licenced Year(s): 2008
Issued: Oct 10, 2008
Project Team: Milissa Elliott (MSc student, York University), Annette Dubreuil (Project Manager, Sustainable Business Lead, York University), Dr. Cecilia Tagliavia (Researcher, York University), Tony Morris (Researcher, York University), Dr. Andrea Smith (Reviewer of written work, York University), Department of Environment and Natural Resourses (Funding Agency, Government of Northwest Territories )

Objective(s): The main objectives of this project are 1) to consult with communities about their views of community-based protocols for monitoring and reporting the presence and spread of introduced plant and insect species to the territorial government; 2) to determine community interest in developing or expanding local agricultural opportunities.

Project Description: This licence is issued for the scientific research application #923.

The main objectives of this project are 1) to consult with communities about their views of community-based protocols for monitoring and reporting the presence and spread of introduced plant and insect species to the territorial government; 2) to determine community interest in developing or expanding local agricultural opportunities.

The researchers will spend up to one week in each of the communities (Ft. Simpson, Ft. Good Hope and Inuvik). There, they will host a community meal to present and explain two possible plant and two possible insect protocols (a set of instructions) to monitor for new species in the communities and on the land. Once the presentations are completed they hope to gain feedback on what protocols are best, and any changes the community believe are necessary. The researchers will also be asking participants about what kind of community gardens and/or greenhouses that they would like to see in their community, and who they think could or should lead on organizing them. They will also be asking if such local garden or greenhouse groups might be a place where people who are interested in reporting observations of new plants and insects could get help and information.

A final report will be submitted to the Government of the Northwest Territories and it will be ultimately their responsibility to communicate the final results to the communities.
The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from October 10 to October 23, 2008 in Inuvik, Fort Good Hope and Fort Simpson.