2005 Traditional Knowledge Study with the Fort Simpson Metis
Principal Investigator: Vincent, Bruce (2)
Licence Number: 13916
Organization: AMEC Americas Ltd., Earth and Environmental Division
Licensed Year(s): 2005
Issued: Oct 05, 2005
Project Team: Jim Ross, Chris O'Neil, Chuck Hobart, Bruce Ramsay, Baljit Wadhwa

Objective(s): This study is a continuation of baseline studies conducted from 2001-2004 as part of the Mackenzie Gas Project. Local knowledge and technical/scientific research, in combination with a synthesis of existing technical information, is being used to develop a suitable knowledge base for planning, assessment of impacts and development of environmental protection plans. The key components of this study will include collecting existing knowledge, gathering new knowledge and producing a report in a manner that will provide for the specific information needs of the Mackenzie Gas Project. The Mackenzie Project Environment Group will be subcontracting the Fort Simpson Metis to collect and document traditional knowledge for this project. The Fort Simpson Metis will determine content to be studied, determine study area boundaries, recommend methods for community participation, identify holders of traditional knowledge, and review maps and reports produced during the study.

Project Description: The Mackenzie Project Environment Group has sub-contracted the Fort Simpson Metis, who will be responsible for collecting and documenting traditional knowledge during the project. The study will involve documenting data related to wildlife, birds, fisheries, vegetation, historical/cultural/spiritual sites, climate, soil conditions, hydrology and hydrogeology, human health, cumulative effects and other relevant social, economic and environmental issues. Secondary sources will be used to identify relevant traditional knowledge. If gaps exist in the secondary source information, interviews with holders of traditional knowledge (identified by FSM) will be conducted to fill data gaps. Confidentiality of all interviewees will be maintained and informed consent will be obtained. Data collected will be stored by FSM, MPEG and Imperial Oil Resources. Local researchers and companies will participate in the study. Regular updates and a non-technical repot will be provided to community organizations. The study will be conducted in those parts of the Fort Simpson Metis' traditional lands susceptible to effects from the Mackenzie Gas Project from October to December, 2005.