Kennedy Lake Wildlife Monitoring and Traditional Sites Identification Project`
Principal Investigator: Poniatowski, Brian (1)
Licence Number: 12954
Organization: Monopros Limited
Licensed Year(s): 1998
Issued: Apr 06, 1998
Project Team: Leann Collins, Jacques Whitford, Dave Eichenberg, Shirley Pfister

Objective(s): The objective of the project is to collect data by direct observation in the field (in the environs of Kennedy Lake camp and exploration work sites) and by gathering information from resource persons in the nearby community of Lutselk'e, such that a usable bank of data may be gathered, and ultimately, a report of findings and baseline map(s) be produced so as to advance knowledge of the interaction of caribou with early-stage exploration and to result in a reference document for traditional use sites in the area of "Kennedy Lake property". The work is important because 1) it flows from concerns voiced by Lutselk'e representatives; 2) it could assist the First Nation in its land-use planning; 3) it is important both to Monopros and the community that sensitive areas in terms of timing or use be identified and taken into account in exploration endeavors; 4) data is necessary prior to application for an NWT Water licence. The type of data-recorded observations, calculations, estimates, averages, notes from first person interviews and existing written records in the community is driven by the objective of the project and the dynamics of how traditional knowledge is shared.

Project Description: The community monitor will carry out monitoring of wildlife, principally caribou, which are of great importance to the Lutselk'e First Nation. This will be done by directly observing their numbers, sex of animals (if this can be determined), age, condition, movements and behaviour in relation to Kennedy Lake camp and to specific worksites, such as sites where drilling or till sampling are being carried out by Monopros and its contractors. Observations are to be recorded on an activity form. There also will be provision for recording sightings of other wildlife. Also will complete a bird sightings form (from Canadian Wildlife Services). Will pinpoint and record exact locations of traditional land-use sites, such as cabins, campsites, traplines, burial sites, favoured hunting and fishing areas and special landmarks. Tasks will be done by walking and use of snowmobile or boat if required and in some cases helicopter and fixed wing aircraft. The location of traditional land-use sites will be determined by hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment and recorded for mapping purposes by a trained technician. By end of project, will have caribou data from four seasons, other wildlife sightings of significance and documented sites of community importance. A report of findings will be professionally prepared and copies provided to community and others interested.