Community-based Research

Tracking Change: Local and Traditional Knowledge in Watershed Governance is a six year research program funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and led by the University of Alberta, Mackenzie River Basin Board, and the Government of the Northwest Territories in collaboration with many other valued Aboriginal organization partners and universities. The broad goal of the project is to create opportunities to collaboratively document and share local and traditional knowledge (LTK) about social-ecological change in the Mackenzie River Basin, Lower Mekong, and Lower Amazon Basins and determine its’ role in watershed governance. In 2016-17, the project will fund 8-10 community-based and collaborative research activities in the Mackenzie River Basin that deal with all or some of following themes and priorities: [1]

Themes and Priorities for Tracking Change… Sub-Projects in 2016-2017

  • historical and contemporary observations and perceptions of conditions and change in the health of the aquatic environment (e.g., water quality, quantity, flow, groundwater, permafrost conditions);
  • historical and contemporary observations and perceptions of conditions and change in fish species (population, movements, diversity, invasive species) and other aquatic species (e.g., geese, beaver);
  • sustainability of fishing livelihoods (e.g., harvesting levels and practices, diet, health, access issues, perceptions of change in the health of valued fish species);
  • implications of change for governance (e.g., how to maintain healthy relationships to the aquatic ecosystem, maintaining respectful and spiritual relationships, respecting treaty rights);

Step 1:

Please consult the Application Guidelines

Step 2:

Complete the Application Form

(a Word fillable form)

Step 3:

Email your application package to:

Project Management Team

Deadline for applications: 30 May, 2016; Notification of Results: by 30 June, 2016

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please contact sub-basin academic leads to develop your proposal

  • Slave

    • Jennifer Fresque-Baxter

    • Non-academic basin co-lead

  • Mackenzie/Great Bear

[1] These priorities were recommended in a workshop with the NWT Water Stewardship Strategy Aboriginal Steering Committee and the Mackenzie River Basin Board Traditional Knowledge Steering Committee (Feb. 10, 2016).  Additional input was asked of the partners and other members of the Project Team by email in October 2015.