Fort Resolution Traditional Knowledge Survey for the Pine Point Pilot Project

Regions: South Slave Region

Tags: vegetation, traditional knowledge, wildlife, culture, topography, climate, water

Principal Investigator: Swisher, Sara S (5)
Licence Number: 14081
Organization: Independent Consultant for Tamerlane Ventures Inc.
Licensed Year(s): 2010 2006
Issued: Oct 13, 2006
Project Team: Tom Unka (Community Representative, Deninu Ku'e First Nation), Arthur Beck (Community Representative, Fort Resolution Metis Council)

Project Description: The purpose of this study is to obtain traditional knowledge from Fort Resolution aboriginal residents, focussing on individuals aged 45 years or older. The information will be used for planning, and incorporated into the Developer’s Assessment Report (DAR) as required by the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board's (MVEIRB) Environmental Assessment Process.

Interviews will be utilized to collect the traditional knowledge and will include 8-12 Deninu Ku'e and 8-12 Metis individuals. Elders and individuals with extensive knowledge of the South Great Slave region are preferred. A brief description of the project will be given, followed by a series of questions. Each interview (approx. 1 hour 45 minutes) will be conducted by the research analyst with the assistance of Community Representatives. The Community Representative's functions will be to identify interview candidates, coordinate times, translate where necessary and review interview notes. Community Representatives will be recommended by the Deninu Ku’e First Nations (DKFN) and and Fort Resolution Metis Council (FRMC). Interviews will be held in a mutually agreed upon location rented from the Deninu Ku'e.
Questions included in the survey will explore participants knowledge of: terrain, climate, vegetation (berry picking areas), wildlife (hunting and trapping), water (fishing), significant sites (culturally important sites) and traditional use. Participants representative of the entire community, from different families and with different experiences will be chosen in order to avoid biased results. $100.00 in compensation will be provided to each interview participant and $250.00 per day to community representatives.
Information obtained from the interviews will be summarized into a final report for the Deninu Ku'e and Metis communities and will be the property of the Deninu Ku'e and Metis communities for future use and community research.
Tom Unka will be employed as Community Representative for the study. Arthur Beck will be employed as a Community Representative with the Metis interviews.
The study will be conducted at The town of Fort Resolution.