The Collection of Wolverine (Gulo gulo) Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK) from Northern Canada Communities for Species Assessment: a Case Study

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area

Tags: traditional knowledge, wolverine

Principal Investigator: Cardinal, Nathan (1)
Licence Number: 13554
Organization: Dalhousie University, School for Resource & Environmental Studies
Licensed Year(s): 2004
Issued: Nov 12, 2003
Project Team: Dr. Fay Co

Objective(s): The objectives of this project are to investigate how traditional knowledge (TK) can be documented, described, and utilized in the species assessment process of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), and to gather wolverine TK to improve the wolverine species assessment. A report will be prepared in coordination with COSEWIC, wildlife management boards, local resource committees, and territorial government biologists by gathering and documenting knowledge and information on wolverines from communities in Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and from existing studies in Labrador. This report will assess the status of the wolverine in northern Canada as well as the feasibility, costs and benefits of collecting and employing TK in species assessment. The researcher will conduct a series of interviews with knowledge holders using the semi-directive interview approach. The interviewees will be chosen with the help and cooperation of Wildlife Management Boards, communities, and the local Hunters and Trappers Committees / Renewable Resource Councils. It is estimated that ~10 interviews will be conducted in NWT communities (20-30 interviews total in all 3 territories), with each interview lasting an average of 1-2 hours. A translator may be needed during some interviews. It is anticipated that interviews will be conducted individually and in familiar settings. The interviews will be transcribed, compiled, and analyzed in both a qualitative and quantitative manner. Information from maps will be summarized to give a visual picture of wolverine distribution. The transcription of the taped interview will be returned to the participant for verification of the information before it is included in the report. Prior informed consent will be obtained from all participants.