Transferring Mine Knowledge: a Look at Complex-Value-Based Strategies in the Wek'eezhii Region of the Northwest Territories

Regions: North Slave Region

Tags: mining, social sciences, knowledge transfer

Principal Investigator: Chouinard, Rebecca R (1)
Licence Number: 14427
Organization: Dept. of Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia
Licensed Year(s): 2008
Issued: Oct 08, 2008

Objective(s): This research aims to define a recognized model for transferring technical knowledge related to mining operations to communities and resource managers in an un-biased manner that speaks to the needs and values of the community.

Project Description: This license has been issued for the scientific research application #875.

This research aims to define a recognized model for transferring technical knowledge related to mining operations to communities and resource managers in an un-biased manner that speaks to the needs and values of the community. If successful, this knowledge-transfer model will aid in negotiations, regulatory reviews, and decision-making strategies; thus building community capacity.

This study will rely on surveys and interviews within the Tlicho population. The surveys and interviews will be administered in person with 5 to 10 key informants involved in mine planning decision-making and community representation. The surveys will be jointly developed with community partners, in order to ensure their research interests are met. Interviewees will be asked to sign the consent form or give oral consent, as appropriate. Everyone will be guaranteed confidentiality and privacy, and will be tape-recorded if permission is granted.

The researcher will also coordinate a survey to all resource management staff and community members that will participate in the knowledge-transfer sessions. Participants will be identified by resource agency Directors, but will target as many staff members and community leaders as possible in the Wek'eezhii region (could be up to 50 participants). The survey will take no more than 30 minutes to complete.
Knowledge-transfer sessions will also take place over the course of four two-day sessions (spread out over a period no longer than two months). Course material will rely on a complexity theory of education, using value-focused-thinking results from the interviews.

Summaries of research results will be presented back to interviewees for their review. In addition, community meetings and individual meetings will be held to provide research results, in consideration of non-literate individuals. All efforts will be made to involve community members in the process of understanding research results, reacting to them, and clarifying their perspectives. A short report on the findings will be made available to the communities, both online and in hard copy.
The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from October 08 to December 31, 2008 in Gameti, Wekweti, Behchoko, Wha Ti, and Yellowknife.