Experiential Science 30 – Freshwater Ecology (Lesson 2)
Indigenous peoples in the Mackenzie River basin have been gathering and passing on information about fish populations for generations. This knowledge is key to the livelihoods of communities throughout the Mackenzie River basin. In this lesson, students will conduct fieldwork that is rooted in Indigenous knowledge and on-the-land experience.
Fish are an important part of many people’s diets. Having reliable access to fish in a nearby waterway is an important part of a community’s ability to access fish. While western science provides important information about local fish resources, fishers have accumulated knowledge of fish populations and habitat by spending time on the land and sharing knowledge across generations and can thus provide invaluable information as well. This lesson enables students to investigate local fish resources through fieldwork that is rooted in Indigenous knowledge and on-the-land experience.
Key questions for student inquiry:
Is the fish in my community safe to eat? Will fish be available as a source of food in the future? How does Indigenous knowledge help me understand the security of fish as a food source in my community?
In classroom and in the school/community (interviews)
Length of activity:
225 minutes / 5 class periods