Understanding Aboriginal perspectives, respecting other ways of knowing (IK/TK), and how Aboriginal rights, socio-cultural values, traditional resources and land use practices may be impacted by other activities on their territories, are all integral to assessing the extent and significance of potential impacts. This information also demonstrates to government agencies why culturally relevant and inclusive thresholds and criteria should be included in monitoring environmental health and land management plans.
For the organization, cultural studies such as land use provide additional value. They build on information used to identify conflicting land use for industry consultation. Carrying out studies of meaning to the community means having a community-based and participatory approach, where the community directs the study, maintains ownership, is actively engaged and involved in the process, builds capacity, and provides an immediate beneficial deliverable that gives back to the community in addition to fulfilling external requirements.
Traditional Use & Occupancy/Ecological Knowledge studies
Cultural Impact Assessment
EIA, application submission Technical Review: Traditional Land Use; Historical Resources
Woven Paths Projects
- Fort Chipewyan Metis Local #125 Métis Land Use & Ecological Knowledge Study Final Report: Teck Resources Ltd. Frontier Mine (2015, published)
- Fort Chipewyan Métis Local 125 Métis Land Use & Ecological Knowledge Study: Shell Pierre River Mine Project (2015, unpublished) (Co-research with Willow Springs Strategic Solutions)
- Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre Oral History Project: Where Three Rivers Meet: An Oral History Project in Commemoration of the 50th Birthday Celebrations (2014)
- Fort McMurray Metis Local #1935, Willow Lake Metis Local #780 & Multi Company Projects-Specific TLUS, 2013 (Co-Researcher for Willow Springs Strategic Solutions)
- Fort McMurray Metis Local #1935, Willow Lake Metis Local #780 & TransCanada Pipeline Project-Specific TLUS, 2013 (Co-Researcher for Willow Springs Strategic Solutions)
- Technical Review for Mikisew Cree First Nation (2013) of Nexen Inc. Oil Sands Exploration 2013-2014 First Submission Long Lake Project Application CPP# NEB2-007-13/14 (Nexen – Long Lake)