Traditional Oral History of Land Use at Tununuk Point

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: social sciences, anthropology, traditional knowledge, land use, history

Principal Investigator: Coedy, Bill H (1)
Licence Number: 15031
Organization: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Licenced Year(s): 2012
Issued: Feb 27, 2012
Project Team: Vernon Amos (interviewer, KAVIK-AXYS)

Objective(s): To document Inuvialuit knowledge of traditional activites and history of the Tununiq area through the collection of oral histories.

Project Description: The primary goal of the project is to document Inuvialuit knowledge of traditional activities and history of the Tununiq area through the collection of oral histories. The gathering of historical knowledge would extend to the more recent land use by industry in the period between 1957 and 1984 for the construction and operation of the BAR-C intermediate Distant Early Warning (DEW) line station and later as an oil and gas staging area by Imperial Oil Ltd (IOL).

Collection of Oral Histories at Tununiq will be undertaken by KAVIK-AXYS. The research team will prepare a list of at least 12 individuals to be invited to the interview. The Hunters & Trappers Committees will be consulted when preparing the list of names. The research team will prepare for the interviews using a selection of materials provided by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) including historical documentary evidence report, photos, maps and presentation materials.

Interviews will be conducted in English where possible. Conversations will be translated and notes will be recorded in English. A translator may be required to translate Inuvialuktun during the interviews and allowance for the provision of such has been included within the budget. AANDC will play a role in developing the final questionnaire. A photographic record of all interviewees would be of benefit if permitted by the interviewees. The team will hold a one day meeting in Inuvik and in Tuktoyaktuk using visual information collected in the previous historical research component (which includes historic accounts, excerpts, drawings, illustrations pictures and maps) to stimulate discussion with elders. It is possible to arrange interviews with small groups to facilitate discussion.

Preparation of a summary report to compile the information collected from the interviews and the mapping exercise. This is intended to include a summary table from interviews. The recorded information will be grouped and organized according to the order of questions given to each interviewee from Inuvik and Tuk. The responses given to the questions in the traditional land use will be organized to address the following topics highlighted in the research component (provided by AANDC).
Maps from the individual mapping exercise will be summarized and it will be linked to the responses from the questions. A brief summary report of the Oral Histories will be provided by combining the summary report of the interview responses with the summary of the mapping exercise and include the methods used.

In is anticipated that each interviewee will be provided the opportunity to review the summary of interview results and report back to Kavik-AXYS with any changes. A copy of the final report on Traditional Oral History of Land Use at Tununuk Point/ Tununiq will be provided to the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from February 27, 2012 to March 31, 2012.