Mapping, Language and Stories in Deline
Principal Investigator: Rice, Keren (4)
Licence Number: 15124
Organization: Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto
Licenced Year(s): 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Issued: Jul 16, 2012
Project Team: Walter Bayha (Co-Investigator & Supervisor, Deline Governance Office), Morris Neyelle (Co-Investigator, Deline First Nation), Doris Taneton (Co-Investigator), Jane Modeste (Community Researcher), Michael Neyelle (Community Researcher), Ingeborg (Swanee) Fink (Graduate Research Assistant, Linguistics, University of Cologne), Ken Caine (Collaborator, Sociology, University of Alberta), Keren Rice (Principal Investigator, Linguistics and Aboriginal Studies, University of Toronto), Nicole Beaudry (Co-Investigator, Université du Québec à Montréal), Leslie Saxon (Co-Investigator, Linguistics, University of Victoria), Dagmar Jung (Co-Investigator, Linguistics, University of Cologne), Rauna Kuokkanen (Collaborator, Aboriginal Studies and Politics, University of Toronto), Deborah Simmons (Co-Investigator, Aboriginal Studies, University of Toronto)

Objective(s): To document Dene stories, language and song as a way of understanding governance and land stewardship.

Project Description: The objective of this research project is to document Dene stories, language and song as a way of understanding governance and land stewardship.

The research follows the participatory method established by the Deline Uranium Team and Deline 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 transcription of existing archival audio recordings, 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.

This is a participatory research program initiated by the Deline 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 Deline 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 July 13, 2012 to December 31, 2012.