The Importance of Traditional Ecological Knowledge during times of Change in the Sahtú Region

  • Author / Creator
    Martin, Chelsea Leigh
  • This study aims to provide insight into the phenomenon and impacts of climate change in the Canadian Subarctic region, based on research with youth and elders from the community of Délįne located on Great Bear Lake (GBL) in the Mackenzie River Basin. In collaboration with the Sahtú Renewable Resources Board, the thesis research focused on understanding two key questions. What is climate change from the perspective of Délįne Got’ine people and their traditional knowledge (oral histories) of climate in the region? What are the impacts of climate change on the fishing livelihoods of the Délįne Got’ine people? Over the course of one month, 21 semi-structured interviews were carried out and the results were analyzed and verified with community members. In addition to contributing practical outcomes to decision-makers in the community and the region, the work may also be considered important to the territorial and federal government whose climate change policies have been based on limited traditional knowledge. Given that the majority of research on climate change involving Indigenous peoples in Canada has focused on the high arctic and marine environments, the work is unique in its focus in the sub- arctic region and relative to freshwater ecosystems and livelihoods.

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    Spring 2019
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    Master of Science
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