Mapping, Language and Stories in Deline

Regions: Sahtu Settlement Area

Tags: social sciences, anthropology, linguistics, language, oral history

Principal Investigator: Simmons, Deborah L (22)
Licence Number: 14825
Organization: Native Studies, University of Manitoba
Licenced Year(s): 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Issued: Nov 30, 2010
Project Team: Walter Bayha (Advisor/Collaborator, Deline Self-Government Office), Morris Neyelle (Advisor/Collaborator, Deline First Nation Council), Edith Mackeinzo (Co-Investigator, Deline Knowledge Project), Doris Taneton (Co-Investigator, Deline Knowledge Project), Sarah Gordon (Graduate Researcher, Indiana University), Ingeborg Fink (Graduate Researcher, University of Cologne), Keren Rice (Co-Investigator, University of Toronto), Mike West (Technical Support, Datalaundry), Orlena Modeste (Co-Investigator, Deline Remediation Office)

Objective(s): To research Dene stories and perspectives on the role of stories in health, healing and governance and to develop a proposal for future research on Dene language of place.

Project Description: The objectives of this research project are:
1. To research Dene stories and perspectives on the role of stories in health, healing and governance
2. Develop a proposal for future research on Dene language of place.

The research follows the participatory method established by the Déline Uranium Team and Déline Knowledge Project. Déline governance will ensure that the research meets agreed-upon objectives benefiting the community; that Déline, Northwest Territories and university research guidelines are respected; and that the intellectual property rights of Déline participants are protected. The community research team play a key role in research design, analysis and communication of results. Research procedures include surveys, focus group meetings, and participant-observation at cultural events. Research tools consist of an audio recorder, still camera, a digital mapping tool, and possibly a video camera. The researcher will be conducting research on stories, health and healing with the Déline Knowledge Project toward completion of doctoral dissertation requirements and Indiana University, as approved by the university ethics board.

This is a participatory research program initiated by the Déline First Nation community as part of a vision for research, education and capacity-building for self-government. Community researchers are provided with training, and community members participate in structuring every phase of the research, including project design, implementation, analysis and education activities. Communications products and community presentations related to the research process and outcomes are provided on a regular basis, and activities in the school ensure that students are educated about research process and results. The aim is to understand how Dene knowledge and stories can be used to address social and environmental change in the present and future.

Within the community, research process and results will be communicated in various forms depending on community wishes: by community radio, written reports, oral reports and public presentations, newsletters and/or booklets, on the web, on multimedia CDs. Communication to the broader public is by permission of the Déline First Nation, including conferences and plain language and academic publications co-authored with the community research team.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from November 30, 2010 to December 31, 2010.