Enbridge Pipelines (NW) Inc. Traditional Knowledge Study

Regions: Sahtu Settlement Area, Dehcho Region

Tags: traditional knowledge, land use planning, land use, natural resources

Principal Investigator: von Kuster, Jenica (2)
Licence Number: 15149
Organization: MWH Canada, Inc.
Licenced Year(s): 2013 2012
Issued: Aug 31, 2012
Project Team: Jenica von Kuster (Interviewer, MWH Global), Chris Tourangeau (Interviewer, MWH Global)

Objective(s): To inventory the historical and ecological/environmental resources in the area; to identify past, present and future uses of the area by community residents; to identify potential impacts from use of land within the land use area; and to provide follow-up mechanism for on-going communication of issues identified.

Project Description: The objectives of this project are:
a) to take an inventory of historical and ecological/environmental resources in the area;
b) to identify past, present and future uses of the area by community residents;
c) to identify potential impacts from use of land within the land use area; and
d) to provide follow-up mechanism for on-going communication of issues identified.

The principal researcher will initiate contact with the listed communities and will advise the organizations that the research team will be contacting them to arrange a Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) workshop in their community once approval has been recieved for this permit application renewal.

Upon approval from the Aurora Research Institute, the research team will contact the community organizations to schedule a workshop. Upon meeting the participants, the principal investigator will describe why the data is being collected and will review the consent form with each individual.

The principal investigator will gather Traditional Knowledge by asking members to participate in face to face interviews. A local interpreter will also be used so that participants can speak using their language.

The research team will require local Interpreters from each community.
In the Sahtu region, the Norman Wells Renewable Resource Council and Tulita Renewable Resource Council are capable of facilitating the gathering of traditional environmental/ecological knowledge.

Information will be gathered from elders and other community members that have very good knowledge of the areas used under Enbridge’s land use permit.

The results of this study will be incorporated into Enbridge's stakeholder engagement/community consultation program. The research team will provide a copy of the study report to the community organizations once the report has been finalized.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from August 31, 2012 to December 31, 2012.