Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Dall Sheep, Grizzly Bears and Wolves in the Richardson Mountains

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area

Tags: traditional knowledge, wildlife, ecology, grizzly bear, dall sheep, wolf

Principal Investigator: Lambert Koizumi, Catherine (4)
Licence Number: 14370
Organization: Gwich'in Renewable Resource Board / University of Alberta
Licensed Year(s): 2008
Issued: Jun 30, 2008
Project Team: Catherine Lambert Koizumi (Wildlife Biologist, Main investigator, Gwich'in Renewable Resource Board, University of A), Dr. Andrew E. Derocher (Scientific Supervisor, University of Alberta)

Objective(s): This research aims to document and analyze local and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TK) on Dall sheep, grizzly bears, and wolves in the Richardson Mountains.

Project Description: This research aims to document and analyze local and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TK) on Dall sheep, grizzly bears, and wolves in the Richardson Mountains. Information on population trends, habitat use, diet, predation, hunting, diseases, relations with other species, viability and conservation will be examined through semi-directed, open-ended interviews with knowledgeable elders and active land users. These interviews will take place in Aklavik and Fort McPherson (and perhaps Inuvik and Tsiigehtchic, if interviewees are identified in these communities). Results from the interviews will also be presented at one annual meeting of the Gwich'in Renewable Resource Board and a final report will be distributed to the ARI and to the main local organizations.

A Coordinator from the communities will be hired to assist in scheduling / completing the interviews and will be selected in collaboration with the local RRC and the Gwich'in RRB. Translation services will be offered as needed. Interviewees will also be compensated.
Fieldwork will be conducted from July 01 to September 24, 2008, in Aklavik and Fort McPherson. Interviews may also be conducted in Inuvik and Tsiigehtchic, if elders or other members in these communities are selected for being interviewed.