Climate Change Impacts on Canadian Arctic Tundra Ecosystems – North Slave Métis Community Traditional Knowledge Study
Principal Investigator: Grieve, Sheryl (4)
Licence Number: 14555
Organization: North Slave Metis Alliance
Licenced Year(s): 2010 2009 2008 2007
Issued: Jul 09, 2009
Project Team: Shannon Hayden (Traditional Knowledge Collection, North Slave Metis Alliance), Not Yet Identified (Elder/Youth, North Slave Metis Alliance), Not Yet Identified (Elder/Youth, North Slave Metis Alliance)

Objective(s): The researchers will be collecting North Slave Métis Community’s traditional knowledge on vegetation and terrain changes in the North Slave region.

Project Description: This project is part of a larger IPY study, CiCAT, which is looking at the effect of climate change on arctic tundra ecosystems. For their project, the researchers will be collecting North Slave Métis Community’s traditional knowledge on vegetation and terrain changes in the North Slave region. In addition, they will be collecting and commenting on the scientific methodology for the larger CiCAT project.

For 2009 the researchers plan to hold a meeting with NSMA members to discuss this project, identify participants and review methodology. The same three tundra sites as the 2008 field season will be visited by NSMA staff and selected members (as chosen during community meeting). Each of these sites will be visited once during peak growth (mid-July to mid-August). They will spend several hours at each site in order to conduct scientific vegetation surveys, berry surveys, and soil transects as appropriate. NSMA staff will collect scientific data as per CiCAT protocols and the elders will be able to observe and participate, providing their comments on the methodology. During this time any incidental traditional knowledge will be recorded.
In addition to the same three sampling locations visited in 2008, the NSMA would like to finish the field work at Old Fort Rae, to conduct informal discussions on the field sampling activities, results and observations.
This work will continue until 2011.

At the end of the research, a report with findings will be produced and circulated to interested groups. At the end of each field season, summary reports will be produced for the ARI and IPY offices. Scientific data collected will be passed on to relevant collaborators for their use and publication.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from July 07 to August 28, 2009. The locations visited this year will be the same as those visited last summer. These include locations around Artillery Lake, Aylmer Lake and Yamba Lake. Additionally, the NSMA plans to visit Old Fort Rae, a historic IPY Research station for further sampling.