Year(s) Funded: 2012-2013
Topic Area: Adaptation Planning
Contact: Ed Tuttauk, Sivunivut Inuit Community Corporation (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Partners: Sivunivut Inuit Community Corporation, Labrador Institute of Memorial University
Title: Traditional Knowledge: A Blueprint for Change, Stage II
Action: Stage I was completed as part of the Health Canada’s Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program for Northern First Nations and Inuit Communities in 2010-2011. In Stage II, community researchers had two primary goals. The first goal was to conduct place name focus groups with participants from Stage I to identify and map local place names. These place names have been added into the GIS database created in Stage I. For the second primary task, community researchers conducted detailed interviews with a selection of the most knowledgeable participants from Stage I. The interviews focused on locations that were found to be the most significant to the community in Stage I. Changes at these locations over time, as well as document the local histories of these locations, were recorded.
Results: Place-Name locations were added to geographic features and locations within the GIS database created during stage I. Identified local experts and locations within the study area that are most significant to the community, and conducted detailed interviews. Trained the community researcher and research assistant in interviewing and GIS techniques, and satellite ice monitoring. A satellite ice monitoring program for Lake Melville was established. Sivunivut expects to develop tools that will help incorporate traditional practices into dealing with the changing landscape, and to learn techniques that have been used to deal with change in the past.
Outputs: Results of the project have been added to a GIS database, and include audio-video clips and photographs from the interviews and outings, local place names and additional resource locations.