Traditional Knowledge for Northern Community Well-being: examining collaborative approaches

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area

Tags: social sciences, well-being, traditional knowledge

Principal Investigator: Johnson, Leslie M (1)
Licence Number: 15916
Organization: Athabasca University
Licenced Year(s): 2016
Issued: Jun 28, 2016
Project Team: Leslie Main Johnson (PI, Athabasca University), Riva Benditt (RA, Athabasca University)

Objective(s): To record insights and evaluations of approaches to culturally based wellness promotion and collaborative approaches to holistic healing from Northern perspectives.

Project Description: The objectives are to record insights and evaluations of approaches to culturally based wellness promotion and collaborative approaches to holistic healing from Northern perspectives. The research team will review literature on other efforts, and record responses to the teams own Wisdom Engaged activities from a range of northern participants, especially knowledgeable Elders, language and culture experts, and those involved in health promotion and care. Gaining a sense of youth perspectives will also be important in the rapidly changing North.

The research team will engage in interviews with selected Elders, workers and youth, and record insights gained from less formal conversations and observations. Interviews will either be audio recorded or video recorded, with explicit informed consent of the participants. The research team will work with the Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute (GSCI) and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) to identify appropriate Elders to interview. The team will use a conversational interview approach guided by Indigenous research paradigms. The edited videos will be made available to GSCI to post on their YouTube channel and on their FB site for Gwich'in and public viewing. If the research team work with Inuvialuit, guidance of the IRC will be followed. Respectful work with Indigenous Elders requires attentive listening and allowing Elders to guide and determine what they will share.

The research team will be working closely with the Gwich'in Social and Cultural Institute, and have discussed project goals and conduct with the Heritage Researcher in Tsiigehtchic. The team will be working with Elders and youth, under guidance from GSCI.

The research team will return all materials (notes, transcripts, video and or audio recordings, and still images) to GSCI, and the materials from each participant will be returned to them for their own use, and for review. The research team will be guided by our local collaborators in how to do distribute materials.


The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from June 28, 2016 to July 7, 2016.